American Masters: Pedro E. Guerrero - A Photographer's Journey

About This Episode


Photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, a Mexican American, born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, had an extraordinary international photography career. 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 architect Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, 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, CT, Guerrero describes his life after Wright’s death, his work with sculptor Alexander 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, sculptor Louise Nevelson. After Nevelson’s death, Guerrero, now 75 years old, returned to Arizona, where he lived until his death at age 95.