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Screening and Discussion of American Masters—Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey

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Screening and Discussion of American Masters—Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Costantino Room | 2nd Floor | Fordham School of Law

Fordham University and WNET New York Public Media invite you to a screening and discussion of the American Masters film Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey.

The American Masters series and Latino Public Broadcasting's VOCES series join forces for the first time to explore the life and work of photographer Pedro E. Guerrero (September 5, 1917–September 13, 2012), a Mexican-American born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, who had an extraordinary international photography career.

Filmmakers Raymond Telles and Yvan Iturriaga (both Latino Americans) showcase an in-depth, exclusive interview with Guerrero alongside his photography to explore his collaborations with three of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century—architect Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. Using his outsider's eye to produce insightful portraits of important modernist architecture, Guerrero became one of the most sought-after photographers of the era, yet his story is largely unknown.

Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey highlights the milestones in Guerrero's life, including his serendipitous enrollment in photography classes; his 1939 meeting with Wright at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona; his World War II service; and his post-war magazine photography career in New York City, where he shot interiors while his work with Wright continued. Settling in New Canaan, Connecticut, Guerrero describes his life after Wright's death, his work with Calder, and the end of his magazine assignments because of his vocal opposition to the Vietnam War.


Michael Kantor
Executive Producer, American Masters, PBS

Michael Kantor is Executive Producer of American Masters - Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey. He is a long-time producer and filmmaker for PBS who has also worked on programs for HBO and other cable networks. Kantor has created a number of award-winning programs with WNET. Kantor's six-part series, Broadway: The American Musical, was hosted by Julie Andrews and won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series. His Emmy-nominated series Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America was hosted by Billy Crystal and narrated by Amy Sedaris. Kantor has produced two programs for WNET's Great Performances series, including "Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy," which was narrated by Joel Grey and just won a 2014 Peabody Award.

Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé
Director, Latin American and Latino Studies Institute, Fordham University

Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé, PhD, is Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Fordham University. His research focuses on contemporary Hispanic Caribbean literatures and cultures, queer diasporas, gender and sexuality, New York in Latino literature and film, and the writings of José Lezama Lima. Cruz-Malavé received his BA from Yale University and his PhD from Stanford University. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Emory, and the University of Pennsylvania, and is a recipient of the NEH and Ford Foundation fellowships. Cruz-Malavé has also served on the board of directors of Fordham University Press, and he has previously chaired the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures and co-directed the Comparative Literature program.

Abby Goldstein
Director, Graphic Design Program, Fordham University

Abby Goldstein is an artist, graphic designer and Associate Professor of Art at Fordham University. She received her BFA from the Pratt Institute and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Ms. Goldstein is co-designer of the award-winning book, Helvetica and the New York City Subway System. She has exhibited her art in the US and abroad and has received fellowships to Vermont Studio Center, Yaddo, Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Science, and Brush Creek Artist Residency. Her public commissions include murals for the NYC Department of Transportation which are displayed at the Manhattan Bridge and the St. George Ferry Terminal.

Susan Guerrero
Staff Editor, The New York Times

Susan Guerrero is the daughter of Pedro E. Guerrero. She grew up confusing Frank Lloyd Wright with her maternal grandfather. They were both handsome white-haired men in good suits. She also thought that everyone (with the exception of her paternal grandparents, who lived in an adobe) lived in a modernist house. These days she is an editor at The New York Times.

Norman McGrath

London-born photographer Norman McGrath was educated in Ireland, where he earned an engineering degree at Trinity College, Dublin. He is the son of Raymond McGrath, the Australian-born architect and author. After working in Dublin for two years as a structural engineer, Norman McGrath moved to New York in 1956. Over the next five years, he gradually made the transition into the field of professional photography, specializing in architecture and interiors. His long career includes a variety of work for many well-known architects and designers, and every major architectural publication has featured his images. McGrath is the author of Photographing Buildings Inside and Out; he is the co-author of Manhattan Skyscrapers, with text by Eris Nash, and Skyscraper Rivals, a book featuring four early New York City buildings, with text by Daniel Abramson. He has received honors and special citations from the American Institute of Architects, and teaches with the Maine Photographic Workshops, the Palm Beach Photo Workshops, and the Calumet Institute.

RSVP strongly encouraged but not required.

For more information, contact the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute at 212-636-6365 or


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