Saturday, January 9, at 1:00 pm, the Florence Community Library will host a screening of American Masters — Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey.” The documentary will be introduced by Lynn Smith of the Pinal County Historical Society.
American Masters — Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey originally premiered September 2015 on PBS, during National Hispanic Heritage Month. THIRTEEN’s American Masters series and Latino Public Broadcasting’s VOCES series joined forces for the first time with this documentary, which explores the life and work of photographer Pedro E. Guerrero (September 5, 1917-September 13, 2012). Guerrero, a Mexican American born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, had an extraordinary international photography career. He retired to Florence, where he lived until his death in 2012, at the age of 95.
Filmmakers Raymond Telles and Yvan Iturriaga (Latino Americans) highlight the milestones in Guerrero’s life, and 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.
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. The series celebrates its 30th anniversary on PBS in 2016, and is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET.
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.
The Florence Community Library thanks American Masters for its permission to screen this program, and also thanks the Pinal County Historical Society and Museum for its participation in this event. The library’s showing of this program is completely free and open to the public, though advance registration is recommended. For more information, or to sign up, please contact the library at (520) 868 – 8311.