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Spanning nearly a century, Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey is a fascinating memoir illustrated with over 190 of the author's own photographs. Guerrero steps out from behind the camera and, for the first time, tells his own story along with the stories of the contradictory and complex lives of the extraordinary people he has known, including candid anecdotes about the personal quirks of some of America's legendary magazine editors, architects, and artists.
Mexican American photographer Guerrero, whose long career spanned 60 years, stumbled upon his first professional job in 1939 when he photographed Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West. Since then, his work has been featured in several major publications, including House and Garden, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and House Beautiful. Through 190 black-and-white and color photographs, this book documents his life and journey. It also provides an intimate look into the lives of those he photographed and came to know personally: Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. As the collection shows, Guerrero was a master at capturing the nuances of his subjects. His images are executed with technical skill and reveal the character of larger-than-life figures who are less known for their personality than the work they left behind. And therein lies the true value of this book. Recommended for large collections.