The first Mexican-American photographer on staff at the Los Angeles Times, photojournalist José Galvez and his Chicano colleagues at the Times won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for a series on Latino life in Southern California. Galvez left the Times in 1992 after winning many other awards for his photography.
Galvez was senior photo editor for and a contributor to Americanos, a multimedia exhibition led by Edward James Olmos documenting Latino life in the United States. Galvez has collaborated on books including Vatos with esteemed poet Luis Alberto Urrea and, with oral historian Patricia Preciado Martin, Beloved Land, an exploration of the lives of Mexican pioneer ranchers in the American Southwest.
Galvez lives in Durham, North Carolina and is working on a photography and oral history project, “Land of Opportunity: Latino Entrepreneurs of North Carolina.” He was featured in Our State magazine in February 2013.