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Chicano Photographer Show in Maryland

St. Mary's City, MD, September 27, 2007 --( St. Mary’s College of Maryland presents 26 photographs from the documentary series Chicano Photographer by California photographer Jesús Manuel Mena Garza, Oct. 17 through Nov. 26, 2007. The public is invited to a reception at the college’s Boyden Gallery on Oct. 17, 4 to 6 p.m.

University of Redlands’ Professor Ann Marie Leimer served as curator for the exhibition. Leimer notes, “During the past decades, Garza has extensively published and exhibited several documentary photographic series. The Chicano Photographer series explores important aspects of the American experience, historic events and cultural practices often marginalized by the dominant culture.” Dr. Leimer is currently developing a book on the photographic series.

During the 1970s, Jesús Garza had the privilege of touring throughout Mexico and California with Chicana/o theater groups. From this vantage point, he took intimate portraits of people fighting for human rights such as César E. Chávez and Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzáles. The photographs provide a retrospective glimpse on this period from the unique perspective of a photojournalist and activist.

Jesús Garza adds, “You can not go back to the 1970s and take pictures of iconic figures like César E. Chávez and Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzáles. That is what makes this photographic series so valuable.”

The series will also be exhibited in San Bernardino, California at Valley College, Jan. 22 through Feb. 7, 2008.


Exhibition location: The Boyden Gallery, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Rd, St. Mary's City, MD 20686-3001, 240-895-2000, Catherine Dunn,,

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Contact: Ann Marie Leimer, Ph.D., (909) 748-8505,
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