In Time Refocused: The Photographs of Luis C. Garza, Chicano photographer Luis C. Garza offers a selection of 35 black-and-white silver gelatin prints that document what he witnessed in East Los Angeles of the early 1970s, in the South Bronx of the 1960s, and in Budapest, Hungary, which was the site of the World Peace Conference in 1971 where he met Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros. Some photographic images cannot be forgotten. They become iconic to an age, a place, or both. In this exhibition (as shown in its companion catalog), Garza’s images are not presented according to place or chronology — the most obvious way of presenting documentary photography. His intent is to subvert the usual distinction between documentation and art that form the two main branches of photography as typically presented. The idea is to suggest a narrative for the viewer to construct on their own. Images are paired or joined, not in an attempt to be glib, but to encourage the viewer to form new images from the combination witnessed. Curated by Armando Durón, the exhibition debuted Garza’s long-stored works at KGB Gallery, October 3, 2009 through January 9, 2010. It was also on view at the Latino Art Museum in Pomona, California from January 13 through February 17, 2010 and the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles from March 13 through April 10, 2010. It has been reconfigured and organized by Melissa Richardson Banks of CauseConnect for a national tour that starts in 2021.
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Book Title: TIME REFOCUSED: Photographs by Luis C. Garza
Specifications: 35 black-and-white images plus essays by photographer Luis C. Garza and curator Armando Durón
Soft Cover (perfect bound): 80 pages
Retail Cost: $30 (includes Media Mail shipping in 48 contiguous United States)
Publisher: Kolor Graphics Bureau
Designer: Babet Mordeno
Publication Date: 2009
Product Dimensions: 8.5″ wide x 11″ high x 0.25″ deep
Shipping Weight: 14 ounces
Edition: 1st edition (only 1,000 copies printed)