Hector Garcia

BIOGRAPHY

1923-2012

Héctor García's interest in photography grew out of his sense of social consciousness. Born and raised in an impoverished district of Mexico City, García first began taking pictures in the 1930s to illustrate protests by working-class people in which he was a participant. In an effort to inform others of this personal and political struggle, he organized a newspaper and used his photographs of student marches and related social events as illustrations. 

García then spent time traveling around northern Mexico and the eastern United States. He returned to Mexico in 1946 and began formally studying filmmaking and documentary photography. Social criticism continued to characterize his images. After working as a photojournalist for Mexican and international publications, he became involved with filmmaking and has since earned prestigious awards for his various endeavors in cinematography.