The late Pedro E. Guerrero, who died at age 95 in 2012 in his native Arizona, shot to fame with his photographs of iconic American artists such as architect Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson.
"American Masters -- Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey" premieres Friday at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) during Hispanic Heritage Month. The "American Masters" series and Latino Public Broadcasting's "Voces" series join forces for the first time to explore the life and work of Guerrero. He was born and raised in segregated Mesa, Ariz., but his life changed after he enrolled in a photography class and met Wright at Taliesen West in Scottsdale.
Filmmakers Raymond Telles and Yvan Iturriaga ("Latino Americans") showcase an in-depth, exclusive interview with Guerrero alongside his photography to explore his work and collaborations. He was a photographer in World War II and flourished as a photographer in postwar New York City, shooting interiors for magazines while continuing his work with Wright.
Settling in New Canaan, 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, then 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.
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