Harry Gamboa Jr.

Harry Gamboa Jr. is an artist, writer, and educator.

He is the founder and director of Virtual Vérité (2005-2017), the international performance troupe.

He is a co-founder of Asco (1972-1985), the Los Angeles-based performance group.

He is Co-Director of the Photo/Media Program at California Institute of the Arts.

He is a lecturer with the Chicana/o Studies Department at California State University, Northridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harry Gamboa Jr.

Photo:  ©2019, Barbara Carrasco

 

Current Exhibitions:

Recent Acquisitions
November 16, 2018 – November 3, 2019
National Portrait Gallery
Washington D.C

Upcoming Radio Programs:

DISQUIET SMOG — a murmuring rumbling echoing Los Angeles soundscape —
New York
Sunday
March 31, 2019
11:00 a.m. (EDT)
streaming
radio.montezpress.com

also

Montez Press Radio Interview with Harry Gamboa Jr.
Los Angeles – L.A. Art Book Fair
Thursday
April 11,2019
7-8pm (PST)
streaming
radio.montezpress.com

His work has been exhibited by museums + galleries + art spaces nationally/internationally :

Tirafkan Cultural Foundation, Tehran (2019); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2019); Davis Museum at Wellesley College (2019); Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art UNLV, Las Vegas (2019); Vincent Price Art Museum ELAC, Monterey Park (2019); Museo de Arte Carrillo Gill, Mexico City(2018, 1978); Autry Museum of the American West (2018); Foto Forum Santa Fe (2018); Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile(2018); Marlborough Contemporary, New York (2017); MOCA Pacific Design Center (2017); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016, 2015 and 1995 Biennial); Utah Museum of Fine Arts (2015); Princeton University Art Museum (2015); Centre d’Arts Plastiques Contemporain Bordeaux, France (2014); De Appel, Amsterdam (2014); Triangle France, Marseille, France (2014); Smart Museum of Art, Chicago (2014); Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz, Austria (2013); Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, England (2013); Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. (2013); Le Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille, France (2013, 2017); Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (UNAM), Mexico City (2013); Tate Liverpool, Liverpook, England (2013); The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York (2013); UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Rim Film Archive (2012); Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (2011, 1981); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2011, 2010); Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland (2009); Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA (2011); Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England (2009); Museo de Arte Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico (2009); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2011, 2008, 2001); Fowler Museum, UC Los Angeles (2011); Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (2008); Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles (2008); El Museo del Barrio, New York (2008, 2010); The Huntington Library, San Marino, California (2008); Museo José Luis Cuevas, Mexico City (2006); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2006); Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City (2005); International Center of Photography, New York (2003); MIT List Visual Arts Center (2000); Queens Museum of Art (1999); Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. (1997); Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark (1996); Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (1994); Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (1994); LAX/CSU Los Angeles (1994); Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (1981); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1979); Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City (1978); Museo Alvar y Carmen T. Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (1978); Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ (1977).

He has received numerous awards from institutions including the Rockefeller Foundation (2004), the Durfee Foundation Artist Award (2001), the Flintridge Foundation Visual Artist Award (2000), the Gluck Foundation (1998–1999), the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts (1990), the California Arts Council (1996), Art Matters, Inc. (1996), and National Endowment for the Arts (1987 and 1980).

Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Supervisor, First District presented Harry Gamboa Jr. with a County of Los Angeles Commendation, August 1, 2017

In recognition of dedicated service to the affairs of the community and for the civic pride demonstrated by numerous contributions for the benefit of all citizens of Los Angeles County.

Harry Gamboa Jr., See What You Mean, 2016/17 Getty Artist Program invitee, The J.Paul Getty Museum

also

See What You Mean – Fotonovelas

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Exploring Commonism A New Aesthetics of the Real 

Edited with text by  Nico Dockx & Pascal Gielen

There is a new ideology in the making: “commonism,” which focuses on the reciprocating movements of the commons (i.e., the cultural and natural resources accessible to and held by all members of a society). After half a century of neoliberalism, leftist thinkers are increasingly excited about the possibilities of holding and sharing resources in common. But how are the commons constituted in society? How do they shape the reality of our living together? Exploring Commonism attempts to map these new ideas in reflections from acclaimed artists, architects, collectives, activists and theorists such as:

Walter van Andel, Michel Bauwens, Giuliana Ciancio, Futurefarmers, Lara Garcia, Harry Gamboa Jr., Liam Gillick, Eric Kluitenberg, Rudi Laermans, The Land Foundation, Sonja Lavaert, Peter Linebaugh, Matteo Lucchetti, Pat McCarthy, Antonio Negri, Hanka Otte, Recetas Urbanas, Jörn Schafaff, Stavros Stavrides, Evi Swinnen, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Maria Francesca De Tullio, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, Louis Volont and Judith Wielander.

Pbk. 5.25 x 8.25 in.
448 pgs
40 b&w.
U.S. $27.50
ISBN 9789492095473
http://www.artbook.com/9789492095473.html
also
https://www.valiz.nl/

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Xoloitzcuintli Doppelgänger and other stories by Harry Gamboa Jr.

Xoloitzcuintli Doppelgänger and other stories by Harry Gamboa Jr. explores the stratospheric and subterranean aspects of perception via fiction regarding 21st Century urban life. Encounters with riots, fluctuating landscapes, and unidentified phantoms that roam the streets of México City, Berlin, and Los Angeles are revealed as dreamscapes. Stark humor confronts surreal moments where Aztec realms play with contemporary Chicano reflections.   Xoloitzcuintli Doppelganger and other stories serve as a literary afterimage that will persist long after reading the last page.

8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White Bleed on White paper
104 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1724629906
ISBN-10: 1724629905
BISAC: Fiction / Urban Life 2018

$18.00
https://www.amazon.com/Xoloitzcuintli-Doppleganger-other-stories-Gamboa/dp/1724629905?keywords=harry+gamboa+jr.&qid=1534791182&sr=8-2&ref=mp_s_a_1_2

 

2010 Latino Heritage Month was inaugurated in a ceremony attended by a wide spectrum of supporters in Council Chambers at the famed Los Angeles City Hall, where Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa presented the Latino Heritage Awards: Spirit of Los AngelesWillie Herrón IIIPatssi Valdez, and Harry Gamboa Jr. accepted the award on behalf of Asco), Dream of Los Angeles Tony Plana, Hope of Los Angeles Plácido Domingo.

He has taught, lectured, and delivered artist talks at various universities and art institutions, including: University of Houston, California State University, NorthridgeUniversity of California, Los AngelesUniversity of California, Riverside,University of California, Irvine, University of California, Santa BarbaraUniversity of California, San DiegoOtis/Parsons, and Maine College of Art. He has delivered artist talks at: Smithsonian American Art MuseumHarvard UniversityUC BerkeleyStanford UniversityDartmouth CollegeCornell UniversityScripps CollegeClaremont Graduate University; School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; University of Utah, Salt Lake CityCentro Cultural de España, Mexico City; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado “La Esmeralda”, Mexico City.

In Spring 2018, From ‘No Movie’ to ‘Fake Buzzers’ and The Sixth Expanse, Harry Gamboa Jr. in conversation with Hugo Hopping [7], SixtyEight Art Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark.

In Fall 2017, he delivered keynote, Summer School #2 MAKING PUBLIC DOMAIN, Middelheim Museum, Antwerpen, organized by by Nico Dockx (Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten) and Pascal Gielen (ARIA).

In Fall 2012, Universitair Centrum Sint Ignatius Antwerpen – UCSIA sponsored Gamboa to present, La La Land: Deflections and Recollections, an artist talk at Universiteit Antwerpen. He also worked with students and faculty of Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen (Royal Academy of Fine Arts) along with Belgian artists Ria Pacquée and Nico Dockx to produce “actions” in Antwerpen and Brugge.

In 2019, he served as a juror for The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2019, Smithsonian National Portrait gallery.

His photographs are in the permanent collection of Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

His photographs are in the permanent collection of Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

His photographs are in the permanent collect of Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

His photographs are in the permanent collect of Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA.

His photographs are in the permanent collection of Davis Museum at Wellesly College, Wellesley, MA.

His photographs are in the permanent collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY.

His photographs are in the permanent collection of Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles

His lithographs are in the permanent collection of Grunwald Center for the Graphic ArtsUniversity of California, Los Angeles.

His oral history is included in Smithsonian Archives of American Art (1999).

His oral history is also included in Alternative Projections, Experimental Film in Los Angeles 1945-1980, a project of Los Angeles Filmforum (2011).

A permanent collection of his media works/papers has been established and archived at Green Library, Stanford University. He is the author of several books:

  • Xoloitzcuintli Doppelgänger and other stories by Harry Gamboa Jr. [11]
  • Exploring Commonism A New Aesthetics of the Real Edited with text by Nico Dockx & Pascal Gielen [12]
  • Gamboa, Harry Jr.; The Sixth Expanse ; c2018. [13]
  • Gamboa, Harry Jr.; Aztlángst 2 ; c2015. [14]
  • Gamboa, Harry Jr.; Vie 21, Photo Journal 1 ; c2014. [15]
  • Gamboa, Harry Jr.; Worker Ant (1) ; c2013. [16]
  • Gamboa, Harry Jr.; Aztlángst: La La Fotonovela (Volume 1); c2011. [17]
  • Gamboa, Harry Jr.; Pix; c2011. [18]
  • Gamboa, Harry Jr.; Fallen; c2010. [19]
  • Gambhoa, Harry Jr.; Rider; c2009. [20]
  • Gamboa, Harry Jr.; edited by Chon A. Noriega. Urban Exile: Collected Writings of Harry Gamboa Jr. Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, c1998. [21]

His video and film work is available:

His works are featured in numerous museum catalogues including:

His work is featured in numerous books including:

His work has been internationally featured in various publications:

 

The Sixth Expanse 2018 – Book

The Sixth Expanse 

by

Harry Gamboa Jr.

THE SIXTH EXPANSE presents 2015-2016 ephemeral actions/encounters by many performers, directed/photographed by Harry Gamboa Jr. during the demolition and erasure of the iconic 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles. The visual elegance of the 6th Street Bridge structure recedes from view during various actions of walking, dancing, laughing, assembling into groups, while the urbanscape is transformed due to absence, loss of memory, and reconfiguration of spatial relationships between being and disappearance. The 6th Street Bridge was a 1930’s construction that was completely destroyed in 2016 to make way for gentrification efforts in the L.A. Arts District and Boyle Heights. This book presents a visual response to 21st Century assaults against historic landmarks and provides a performance art approach to critiquing contemporary real estate ventures vs established communities in urban centers. Harry Gamboa Jr. is an internationally recognized artist. He co-founded Asco (1972-1985) and founded the conceptual troupe Virtual Vérité (2005-2017). His photographs are in the permanent collections: Whitney Museum of American Art; Smithsonian Museum of American Art; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. He is the author of Urban Exile: Collected Writings of Harry Gamboa Jr. (University of Minnesota Press). His works have been featured: The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal; The New Yorker; Artforum; Art in America; Frieze; Vanity Fair; Flash Art; Los Angeles Times; Le Monde; NPR; and La Opinión. He is a faculty member of the Photo/Media Program at California Institute of the Arts.

Paperback: 104 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 16, 2018)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 152324495X

ISBN-13: 978-1523244959

US
https://www.amazon.com/Sixth-Expanse-Harry-Gamboa-Jr/dp/152324495X

México
https://www.amazon.com.mx/Sixth-Expanse-Harry-Gamboa-Jr/dp/152324495X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517349454&sr=8-1&keywords=the+sixth+expanse+harry+gamboa+jr

France
https://www.amazon.fr/Sixth-Expanse-Harry-Gamboa-Jr/dp/152324495X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517184316&sr=8-1&keywords=THE+SIXTH+EXPANSE+GAMBOA

UK
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sixth-Expanse-Harry-Gamboa-Jr/dp/152324495X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517184369&sr=8-1&keywords=the+sixth+expanse+gamboa

Germany
https://www.amazon.de/Sixth-Expanse-Harry-Gamboa-Jr/dp/152324495X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517184411&sr=8-1&keywords=the+sixth+expanse

Japan
https://www.amazon.co.jp/Sixth-Expanse-Harry-Gamboa-Jr/dp/152324495X/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1517184449&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=the+sixth+expanse+gamba

Italy
https://www.amazon.it/Sixth-Expanse-Harry-Gamboa-Jr/dp/152324495X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517184544&sr=8-1&keywords=the+sixth+expanse+gamboa

 

 

http://www.harrygamboajr.com/

See What You Mean – J. Paul Getty Museum

Hopscotch with performers and community members, Harry Gamboa Jr.
J. Paul Getty Museum
Photo: Rafael Hernandez

SEE WHAT YOU MEAN
An Evening of Insurrections with Harry Gamboa Jr.
The J. Paul Getty Museum
http://www.getty.edu/museum/programs/performances/see_what_you_mean.html

Saturday
October 29, 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Getty Art Program
http://www.getty.edu/museum/programs/courses/getty_artists_program_index.html

Fotonovelas by Harry Gamboa Jr.
As part of the See What You Mean project, artist Harry Gamboa Jr. worked with over 40 young adults and college students from across Los Angeles during his yearlong Getty Arists Program (GAP) residency. Casting student performers, seasoned professionals, and five notable paintings from the Museum’s collection as characters in surreal visual melodramas, Gamboa created a series of twelve playful and provocative fotonovelas – or photo-stories. Gamboa’s fotonovelas, a medium he has worked in for many years, are inspired by his childhood fascination with comic books and the rich tradition of graphic and photographic adaptations of popular stories and films that gained popularity in Latino and Chicano communities during the 1950s.

The See What You Mean fotonovela series can be viewed and are available for free download:
http://www.getty.edu/education/adult_learners/getty_artists_program/gamboa/index.html

Harry Gamboa Jr. in conversation with artists Guadalupe Rosales and Ramiro Gomez.
Moderated by Chon A. Noriega.
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Photo: Jason Roberts Dobrin

A Large, Unruly Game of Hopscotch
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Inspired by Gamboa’s writings and the icon surrealist novel Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar, a whimsically expanded take on the schoolyard pastime is mapped out on the museum courtyard.

Photo:  Barbara Carrasco

Hopscotch with Harry Gamboa Jr. at J. Paul Getty Museum
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/gettymuseum/videos/10155744483370097/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/GettyMuseum/status/924466326935969793

Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/p/BafIk1-AvGD/

The Pictaram Club
http://www.thepictaram.club/p/harrygamboajr

Photogram
http://photagram.org/tag/harrygamboajr

Notey
http://www.notey.com/@artforum_unofficial/external/18180970/500-words-harry-gamboa-jr.html

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Hopscotch Photos
©2017
Harry Gamboa Jr.
and
J. Paul Getty Trust

Performers
Jasmine Alvarez
Donna Brown
Sofia Canales
Jessica Castillo

Daniel Centofanti
Duke Choi
Samantha Cline
Xavier Cázares Cortéz
Johanna Deeb
Nico Dockx
Charles Donkor

Kate deLigne
Danny Escalante

Anais Franco
Barbie Gamboa
Juan Carlos Garza

Meghan Gavin
Jeremy Gleaves

Angelo Gomez
Stephanie R. Guerrero
Tania Hong
Denae Howard
Carolina Maki Kitagawa
Adam Lutz
Ruben Mendoza

Gerard Meraz
Scott Oshima
Noemí Mímí Padilla
Gretta Perez

Clifford Pun
Benjamin Quiñones
Vincent Ramos
Alma Rodriguez
Alyssa Rodriguez
Isabel Salazar

Ivan Salinas
Laura Schawelka
Marisa Sempelsz
Francesco X. Siqueiros

Kristine Tomaro
Jazmin Urrea
Luis A. Vega

Christopher Velasco
Henry Williams
Stefan Wouters

Sicong Xie
Isaac Michael Ybarra
Reggie Yip
Erin Zadrozny

Roya Ziba
and
Community members

Panelists
Chon A. Noriega
Guadalupe Rosales
Ramiro Gomez

Artists
Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara
Willie Herrón
Self Help Graphics
Chulita Vinyl Club
The Great Tortilla Conspiracy
Jazmin Urrea
Lydia Choi

Hee Jin Byun “Jenny
Morgan Camper
Eloy Neira
Diana Texieira
Tyler Lumm
Louis Coy

Musical Interludes
Estanislao Maqueos
Banda Filarmónica Maqueos 

Additional Photography
Rafael Hernandez
Barbara Carrasco
Jason Roberts Dobrin
Margaux Herron

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J. Paul Getty Museum
Timothy Potts, Director 

Getty Artist Program GAP
Cathy Carpenter
Valerie Tate
Catherine Bell
Diana Bonilla
Lyra Kilston
Sarah Cooper
Daniela Alvarez
Adrienne Luce
Amelia Wong
Laurel Kishi
Lisa Clements

Tony Matos
Mike Giordano
Kathie Hann
Steve Gemmel
Aviana Wooton
Tiffany Johnson
Erik Bertellotti

Merritt Price

Getty Support:
Chelsea Hogan
Jennelyn Tumalad
Terrie Lin
Getty Audio Visual Department

 

Blooming In Concrete
Video
©2017
Harry Gamboa Jr.
and
J. Paul Getty Trust

Starters/Finishers
Video
©2017
Harry Gamboa Jr.
and
J. Paul Getty Trust

Blooming In Concrete
(Silent)
©2017
Harry Gamboa Jr.
and
J. Paul Getty Trust

Sunless Under The Sun
(Silent)
Video
©2017
Harry Gamboa Jr.
and
J. Paul Getty Trust

Starters/Finishers
(Silent)

Video
©2017
Harry Gamboa Jr.
and
J. Paul Getty Trust

Willie Herrón and Harry Gamboa Jr.
Photo: Margaux Herron

¿Cuándo fue la última vez que jugaste a la rayuela?
La Opinión
27 Octubre 17
https://laopinion.com/2017/10/27/buenosdiasla-cuando-fue-la-ultima-vez-que-jugaste-a-la-rayuela/

 

 

 

Urbanscape of Mirage – Vital Signs – Stanford University

Cassils and Harry Gamboa Jr.
Stanford University
Photo: Georgina Hernandez

Artist Talk  | Harry Gamboa Jr. Presents “Urbanscape of Mirage”

Thursday
October 19, 2017
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Roble Gym  |  75 minutes including Q&A

Imagery of Asco (1972-1985), Virtual Vérité (2005 – 2017), and current performance works will accompany this lecture that focuses on the recent demolition of the iconic Los Angels 6th Street Bridge, the confluence of freeways, and the familiar nondescript locations that often serve as a starting point for anonymous journeys across an ocean of undulating asphalt. The swirling milieu of multiple cultures/languages of Los Angeles are in perpetual collision/melding/erasure as sudden tectonic shifts reset the clock towards countdown to consciousness. The historical relevance of events and places are subject to system loss of memory.


VITAL SIGNS
2017-2018 Guest Performance Artist Series  |  Curated by Cassils
https://taps.stanford.edu/vitalsigns.html

Guest artist series to expose Stanford students to innovative performance art
Stanford News
October 13, 2017
https://news.stanford.edu/2017/10/13/guest-artist-series-expose-stanford-students-innovative-performance-art/

http://www.harrygamboajr.com

Counter Current Festival – Houston 2017

Illusions of Urbanscape
Thursday
April 20, 2017
6:30pm
Quintero Theatre
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
University of Houston

In this new lecture, Gamboa looks at myth in contemporary society with images and videos of his work. For more than forty years, his artistic lens has responded to the Los Angeles “urbanscape” with its subtle layering of codes, rules, and visual markers that contribute to making a sophisticated living space for millions of people
http://www.countercurrentfestival.org/project/illusions-of-urbanscape/

l-r:
Ariane Roesch

Harry Gamboa Jr.
Quintero Theatre
University of Houston

l:
Ariana Roesch
Roberto Tejada, Ph.D.
Harry Gamboa Jr.
Jesus Gonzalez

r:
Angel Lartigue
Delilah Montoya
Leticia Contreras
Stalin Villarreal

Houston

University of Houston and Lee College students with Houston community artists.
l-r:
Leticia Contreras
Victoria Paige Gonzalez
Angel Lartigue
Tere Garcia
Harry Gamboa Jr.
Caine Salazar

Houston

 

http://www.harrygamboajr.com

MXLA 2017 – Creative Economy Forum

6th Session – Visual Arts

June 27, 2017
13:10 – 15:10

Moderator:
Rubén Ortiz-Torres

Panelists:
Eduardo Abaroa
Julieta González
Harry Gamboa Jr.
Janet Sternburg
Raúl Zorrilla
Alma Ruiz

Photo:
©2017, Francesco X. Siqueiros

MEXLA 2017
Los Angeles Times
August 3, 2017
http://sections.latimes.com/mxla/2017/08/03/#?page=1

México ama a Los Ángeles, y Los Ángeles ama a México
por
Julia Barajas
La Opinión
https://laopinion.com/2017/07/06/mexico-ama-a-los-angeles-y-los-angeles-ama-a-mexico/

also, previous items:

Luna Córnea 34. Viajes al Centro de la Imagen Vol. 2, 2015
Issuu
https://issuu.com/c_imagen/docs/lunacornea_34

Mexico City’s Best, 2013 – Patrick Charpenel
Art in America
http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/mexico-citys-best-2013patrick-charpenel/

crisisss. Art and Confrontation in Latin America. 1910-2010 at Palacio de Bellas Artes
e-flux
http://www.e-flux.com/announcements/35628/crisisss-art-and-confrontation-in-latin-america-1910-2010-at-palacio-de-bellas-artes-and-ex-teresa-arte-actual/

Hecho en Latinoamérica. Segundo Coloquio Latinoamericano de Fotografía by Centro de la Imagen, 1981
Issuu
https://issuu.com/c_imagen/docs/2-coloquio