Friday, September 14, 2012

A Remarkable Story Comes to a Close - Wright photographer Pedro E. Guerrero dies at 95

From Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey, Princeton Architectural Press
Pedro E. Guerrero, who created much of the most iconic photography of Frank L. Wright and his architecture, died Thursday at age 95.  You can read William Yardley's obituary, including a gallery of photos,  in the New York Times here.

Guerrero not only created incredibly expressive photographs of the work of architects like Wright, Phillip Johnson and Marcel Brauer, but also of the life, craft and work of sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson.

More to the point, Guerrero's own story, documented in his splendid book Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey, is a deeply moving document, an eloquently-told story of a distinctively American life that began as the son of a sign painter in a Mesa, Arizona deeply prejudged against Mexicans, and proceeded with Guerrero  becoming own of the most accomplished photographers in the United States, and, in the 1950's,  a "Connecticut Yankee" with a fine house in New Canaan, serving as a liberal member on the local draft board.  I've been recommending this book for five years, and I do so again.  The photos of  course, many in color, are gorgeous; the story incredibly compelling. You can buy it at Stout Books here, as well another splendid compilation of Guerrero's photographs, Picturing Wright.

Read our own appreciation: Pedro E. Guerrero's American Century.

Earlier this year, the Julius Shulman Institute of Woodbury University mounted an exhibition, Pedro E. Guererro" Photographs of Modern Life.  Guerrero, then 94 and ill, but still completely engaged and engaging, attended the opening, from which the following interview was taken.  "Did we do all right?" he asks at the end.  You better believe it.

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