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Pedro E. Guerrero:El Viaje de un Fotógrafo


VOCES de Latino Public Broadcasting




Una serie de THIRTEEN, American Masters y VOCES de Latino Public Broadcasting unen esfuerzos por primera vez para explorar la vida y obra del fotógrafo Pedro E. Guerrero

Una serie de THIRTEEN, American Masters y VOCES de Latino Public Broadcasting unen esfuerzos por primera vez para explorar la vida y obra del fotógrafo Pedro E. Guerrero (5 de septiembre 1917 – 3 de septiembre 2012), un mexicoamericano, nacido y criado en la segregada Mesa, Arizona, quien gozó de una extraordinaria carrera internacional como fotógrafo. American Masters — Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey se estrena el viernes 18 de septiembre a las 9 p.m. en PBS (revisa los horarios locales) durante el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana.

Los cineastas Raymond Telles e Yvan Iturriaga (Latino Americans) presentan una entrevista exclusiva, muy afondo con Guerrero junto con su fotografía para explorar sus colaboraciones con tres iconos del arte americano del siglo 20: el arquitecto Frank Lloyd Wright y los escultores Alexander Calder y Louise Nevelson. Con su mirada externa, Guerrero, produjo reveladores retratos de importantes obras de arquitectura modernista, convirtiéndose en uno de los fotógrafos más solicitados durante la era “Mad Men”, sin embargo, su historia es poco conocida.

American Masters — Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey resalta los hitos en la vida de Guerrero: su fortuita inscripción en clases de fotografía, el encuentro en 1939 con Wright en Taliesin West (Scottsdale, Ariz.), su servicio en la Segunda Guerra Mundial y su carrera de fotógrafo en Nueva York en una revista de posguerra, fotografiando interiores mientras su colaboración con Wright continuaba. Establecido en New Cannan, Conn., Guerrero describe su vida después de la muerte de Wright, su trabajo con Calder y el final de sus asignaturas en la revista debido a su expresa oposición a la guerra de Vietnam. Esto resultó en más trabajo con Calder y, eventualmente, con Nevelson. Después de la muerte de Nevelson, Guerrero, a sus 75 años de edad, regresó a Arizona, donde vivió hasta su muerte a los 95 años. La segunda esposa de Guerrero, la archivista Dixie Legler Guerrero; así como la nieta de Nevelson, la escultora Maria Nevelson; sus amigos, colaboradores y expertos en arquitectura, incluyendo a Martin Filler, también comparten percepciones y memorias sobre el artista.

“En Latino Public Broadcasting nos complace en extremo asociarnos con American Masters para esta película,” afirmó la Directora Ejecutiva de LPB Sandie Viquez Pedlow. “Pedro E. Guerrero es un importante artista americano cuyo trabajo, hasta ahora, era conocido para un grupo relativamente pequeño de aficionados a la fotografía y la arquitectura. American Masters provee una plataforma de gran visibilidad para compartir su notable historia y sus brillantes fotografías con el público americano; esperamos que esta transmisión finalmente le otorgue el reconocimiento nacional que había estado por mucho tiempo pendiente.”

“Estamos muy emocionados de asociarnos con Latino Public Broadcasting y VOCES para presentar el talento de Pedro E. Guerrero en American Masters. Espero que tanto el documental como nuestro esfuerzo de acompañamiento comunitario y educativo, inspiren a una nueva generación de valientes de fotógrafos,” dijo Michael Kantor, productor ejecutivo de American Masters.

Lanzado en 1986, American Masters ha sido acreedor de 28 premios Emmy – diez de ellos por Mejor Serie de No-ficción desde 1999 y cinco por Mejor Programa Especial de no-ficción – 12 premios Peabody, un Oscar, tres Grammy, dos Premios de la Asociación de Productores y muchos otros honores. Ahora en su 29va temporada en PBS, la serie es una producción de THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC para WNET y también WORLD Channel.

Para llevar a American Masters más allá de la transmisión televisiva y explorar los temas, las historias y las personalidades de maestros pasados y presentes, la serie se complementa con un sitio (http://pbs.org/americanmasters) que ofrece transmisión en video de algunas películas, entrevistas, fotos, materiales no  exhibidos, ensayos y más. Para Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey, la página va a ofrecer una exhibición digital de la fotografía de Guerrero. American Masters lanzará una campaña de foto en Instagram (#PedroPBS) inspirada en el trabajo de Guerrero, invitando a las personas a compartir fotos del arte y arquitectura locales. Las mejores imágenes se exhibirán en el sitio de la serie, en una compilación en video en el canal de American Masters en YouTube y en las redes sociales de PBS.

 

Recursos educativos enfocados en la vida y legado de Guerrero, desarrollados en colaboración con Latino Public Broadcasting, estarán disponibles a través de PBS LearningMedia.




Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey

THIRTEEN’s 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

THIRTEEN’s 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. American Masters — Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey premieres Friday, September 18 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Filmmakers Raymond Telles and Yvan Iturriaga (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 “Mad Men” era, yet his story is largely unknown.

American Masters — Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey highlights the milestones in Guerrero’s life: his serendipitous enrollment in photography classes, his 1939 meeting with Wright at Taliesin West (Scottsdale, Ariz.), his World War II service and his post-war magazine photography career in New York City, shooting interiors while his work with Wright continued. Settling in New Canaan, Conn., 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. This led to more work with Calder, and eventually, Nevelson. After Nevelson’s death, Guerrero, now 75 years old, returned to Arizona, where he lived until his death at age 95. Guerrero’s second wife and archivist Dixie Legler Guerrero; Nevelson’s granddaughter, sculptor Maria Nevelson; his friends, collaborators and architectural experts, including Martin Filler, also share insights and recollections.

“We at Latino Public Broadcasting are extremely pleased to partner with American Masters on this film,” said LPB Executive Director Sandie Viquez Pedlow. “Pedro E. Guerrero is an important American artist whose work, until now, has been known to only a relatively small group of photography and architecture aficionados. Being showcased on American Masters provides a high visibility platform to share his remarkable story and brilliant photographs with the American public; we hope the broadcast will finally give him the national recognition that has been long overdue.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Latino Public Broadcasting and VOCES to spotlight Pedro E. Guerrero’s talent on American Masters. I hope the documentary and our accompanying national community engagement and education effort inspires a new generation of equally courageous photographers” said Michael Kantor, executive producer of American Masters.

Launched in 1986, American Masters has earned 28 Emmy Awards — including 10 for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series since 1999 and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special — 12 Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producers Guild Awards and many other honors. Now in its 29th season on PBS, the series is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and also seen on the WORLD channel.

To take American Masters beyond the television broadcast and further explore the themes, stories and personalities of masters past and present, the series’ companion website (http://pbs.org/americanmasters) offers streaming video of select films, interviews, photos, outtakes, essays and more. For Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey, the website will feature a digital exhibit of Guerrero’s photography. American Masters will mount an Instagram photo campaign (#PedroPBS) inspired by Guerrero’s work, encouraging people to share their own local art and architecture photos. The best images will be featured on the series website, a video compilation on the American Masters YouTube channel and across PBS social media.

Educational resources focused on Guerrero’s life and legacy, developed in partnership with Latino Public Broadcasting, will be available via PBS LearningMedia. WNET Education, working with local public media stations and local arts organizations across the country, will engage diverse audiences in photography through a series of free, community-based photography workshops and screening events. Latino Public Broadcasting is working with public television stations in key markets to extend the footprint of the film beyond the broadcast with local community events, OVEE screenings and social media.

American Masters — Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey will be available on DVD from PBS Distribution: ShopPBS.org; 800-PLAY-PBS, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The film will also be available for digital download.

American Masters — Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey is a co-production of Paradigm Productions, Latino Public Broadcasting and Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with American Masters. Raymond Telles and Yvan Iturriaga are co-directors and co-producers. Michael Kantor is executive producer for American Masters. Sandie Viquez Pedlow is executive producer for VOCES.

 

This special presentation of American Masters and VOCES has been provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding for American Masters is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Vital Projects Fund, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, and The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation. Additional support for VOCES is provided by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. Additional funding for Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey is provided by Berkeley Film Foundation, Castellano Family Foundation, Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, and Mike and Ginny Lester. VOCES is presented by PBS SoCaL.

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