|from Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey, |
Princeton Architectural Press (click images for larger view)
He approached architecture as though it were sculpture, capturing the dynamic spatial qualities of the compositions. This sensitivity attracted magazine editors and, after moving to New York and then Connecticut in the 1940s, he established a career that paralleled that of Julius Shulman and Ezra Stoller. In addition to commercial work for journals like House & Garden Magazine, Vogue, and Architectural Record, for which he documented buildings by modernists from Eero Saarinen to Joseph Salerno, he also photographed the work of “The Harvard Five,” a group that included John M. Johansen, Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, Philip Johnson and Eliot Noyes. Guerrero also established close relationships with artists Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson.Guerrero's life is as fascinating as his work, and he captured it an remarkable book, Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey. (Princeton Architectural Press, $55.00), which I wrote about back in 2007. Photographer's Journey include a generous sampling of some of the best of Guerrero's eloquent work, much of it in color. As I wrote in 2007 . . .
Of the thousand or so books in my library, Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey is among my favorites. I envy you if you're in L.A. this Thursday - you have an opportunity no one should pass up.
Adolfo Guerrero, my grandfather, was the spoiled son of a wealthy but dysfunctional family in Durango, Mexico. His father, a tanner, found a buried treasure while digging a tanning pit. The family ran through the money fast, however . . . When Dad was seventeen and Mother fifteen, he saw her photograph at the home of the friend, and they began corresponding. Soon they agreed to meet in Casa Grande, Arizona. They were to walk toward each other, and if either did not like what he or she saw, they would keep going.
Read more about this unique artist's work and life in Pedro E. Guerrero's American Century.