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Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer to give presentation at Indiana State

September 26, 2013

A Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who has documented Latinos' experiences in the U.S. for more than four decades will give a presentation at Indiana State University.

José Galvez will present "Shine" on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in University Hall Theater. Galvez will discuss his time documenting Latinos' experiences living in the United States, incorporating his own life starting as a young boy with a shoeshine box to working his way up to becoming a photographer for the Los Angeles Times, where in 1984 he was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for a series on Latino life in southern California. Through the years, he continued documenting Latinos' experiences in the U.S. Galvez's presentation is free and open to the public.

"He has chronicled many aspects of Latino life in the USA for more than 40 years, and he showcases everything from the heights and inspirational aspects of Latino culture, to challenges and struggles that Latinos have faced," said Theresa Ortega, advisor to the Hispanic Student Association at Indiana State who also is helping to organize the visit. "He has gone from a shoeshine boy to a Pulitzer Prize-winner. In many ways, his own experience reflects the American Dream."

Galvez will spend the day meeting with different groups of Indiana State students, providing insights from his personal and professional experiences to teach them. He also will have a collection of some of his photography on display as part of the visit, Ortega said.

"His presentation is as inspiring as it is educational," Ortega said. "He has witnessed and documented a lot in his career, and he will share some of the most insightful and inspirational moments with the public. People also will have an opportunity to view some of Jose Galvez's most memorable photographs."

Galvez's visit to Indiana State is sponsored by the Hispanic Student Association and the Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Advocacy.

Contact: Theresa Ortega, advisor, Hispanic Student Association, Indiana State University, 812-237-8096 or

Writer: Austin Arceo, assistant director of media relations, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or