Pedro E. Guerrero
Guerrero was born in Casa Grande, Ariz., and grew up in Mesa, Ariz. He attended a Mexican-only elementary school and graduated from Mesa Union High School. He studied photography at the Art Center School in Los Angeles for two years. In 1939, at the age of 22, he found his life's work when Frank Lloyd Wright hired him as a photographer to document the ongoing construction at his home, Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Guerrero also recorded Wright's Taliesin in Spring Green, Wis., and other Wright projects before enlisting in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He served in Europe as a photo officer, developing pictures taken during bombing runs. Years later, he was outspoken against the Vietnam War while serving on a draft board in Connecticut.
After his service in World War II, Guerrero rekindled his relationship with Wright and came away with the understanding that he would be the architect's on-call photographer. Working from his New York studio, he also accepted freelance assignments for all the major magazines, concentrating on architecture and interiors. In a very short time, he became one of the most sought-after photographers of the "Mad Men" era. For many years he lived in New Canaan, Conn., where he photographed the work of the most prominent modernist architects of the day, including the Harvard Five. He documented Wright and his work until a few days before the architect's death in 1959.
In 1962, on a routine assignment for House and Garden magazine, Guerrero met the sculptor Alexander Calder and forged another intimate relationship with an artist. For the next 13 years, he captured Calder's life and work in his homes and studios in Roxbury, Conn., and Sache, France. Following Calder's death in 1976, Guerrero met the sculptor Louise Nevelson and photographed her studio and home in New York's Greenwich Village for several years.
Guerrero's photographs are collected the world over and have appeared in many books, magazine articles and exhibitions. Guerrero is the author and illustrator of "Picturing Wright: An Album from Frank Lloyd Wright's Photographer," "Calder at Home: The Joyous Environment of Alexander Calder," and "Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey."
The documentary “Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey,” will premiere in fall 2015 as a co-presentation of Latino Public Broadcasting's VOCES and WNET American Masters.
- Guerrero, Pedro E. A Photographer's Journey with Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder, and Louise Nevelson, Princeton Architectural Press, 2007, ISBN 1-56898-590-9
- Guerrero, Pedro E. Calder at Home: The Joyous Environment of Alexander Calder, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1998, ISBN 1-55670-655-3
- Guerrero, Pedro E. Picturing Wright: An Album from Frank Lloyd Wright's Photographer, Pomegranate Press, 1993, ISBN 1-56640-804-0