Pulitzer winner’s book portrays Chicano lives

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José Galvez was 10 years old when he first stepped into a newsroom in his hometown of Tucson, Ariz.

Years later, as a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times, Galvez helped Chicanos step figuratively into the newsroom — and literally into the public eye — through his depictions of his world, his culture. His work, along with that of fellow staff members, won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for photography.

Today, Galvez works as a freelance photographer and continues to capture the diversity and depth of Mexican Americans.

“I want people to look at these photographs and not see stereotypes,” he told a group of journalists in Phoenix on Oct. 4, 2000. “I want people to see the positive side of who we are.”

More than three decades after Galvez first began documenting Mexican Americans, his first solo book provides a brief but important look at a people who were not commonly represented in the mainstream media.