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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Joel Salcido

Dates:  1957, 11 August -
Born:  Mexico, Ciudad Juarez
Active:  US / Mexico / Spain
Contemporary photographer who has recorded the traditions of Spain. 
Artist statement: 
For more than 20 years photography has been my companion on this journey we call life. Many times it has escorted me into the darkest corners of human existence. Other times it has opened the gates of light where visual poetry and beauty reside.
As a journalist, I spent half of my career framing tragedy and disaster and sometimes glorified in it. Eventually it chipped away and eroded my hope in mankind to a skeletal resemblance of what it once was.
In my need to rediscover hope, I began to seek refuge in visual poetry. I made a commitment to use the camera as an instrument of grace. And so “Spain: Millennium Past” came to be. My series is an interpretive documentation of an old world whose rich traditions continue to vanish with every century past. Spain revealed that the true wonder of tradition is anchored by an incessant human effort to celebrate life.
I refuse to allow my photography to celebrate the worst aspects of ourselves and for that reason I continue to craft my awareness of hope in my effort to honor the beauty still within. (February 2008)

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1980 BA, Journalism and Business Administration
Solo exhibitions
2004 Tres Cuentos, The Marfa Bookstore, Marfa, TX
2003 Selected Images, Photography As Art Gallery, Mason, TX
2003 Tres Cuentos, Texas Tech University International Cultural Center, Lubbock, TX
2003 Roma: Entre Fantasmas, Nuevo Santander Gallery, McAllen, TX
2002 Spain: Millennium Past, Louisiana State University Alexandria Museum
2002 Roma, Texas, Raj Gallery, Austin, TX
2002 Spain: Millennium Past, Sala de Exposiciones, Belorado, Spain
2001 Spain: Millennium Past, The McCabe Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
2001 Hecho en Juarez, UNAM, San Antonio, TX
2001 Spain: Millennium Past, Joseph Raj Gallery, Boulder, CO
2001 Spain: Millennium Past, Davis Gallery-Austin, TX
Group exhibitions
2008 Spain: Millennium Past, Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso, TX
2004 Photographs, Casa de la Cultura Manuel Ojinaga, Ojinaga, Mexico
2003 Chronicles, Parchman Stremmel Galleries, Austin, TX
2003 Cuentos Hispanos, F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX
2003 Hecho En Juarez, MexicArte Museum, Austin, TX
2002 Hecho en Juarez & Roma: Entre Fantasmas, Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso, TX
2002 Spain: Millennium Past, Gallery 1401 The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2002 TPS Member's Show, Lubbock, TX
2001 Spain: Millennium Past, Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso, TX
2001 TPS Member's Show, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, TX
2001 TPS Member's Show, Longview Museum of Art, Longview, TX
2007 The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: "Taurus" for permanent collection.
2005 Texas Tech University, East Administration Building: Selection of five prints from Spain: Millennium Past series for permanent collection.
2002 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, UT Austin: "Serenata a mi Muerte," photogravure included in permanent collection.
2001 First Lady Laura Bush, Crawford, Texas: Spain: Millennium Past "Gato Auhmado", personal collection.
2001 El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas: "Serenata a mi Muerte" and "Camaron de Semana Santa" included in museum's permanent collection.
2001 Witliff Gallery for Southwestern and Mexican Photography, Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos: Ten portfolio images from Hecho en Juarez and Spain: Millennium Past for permanent collection.  
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