William Camargo is a visual artist/arts educator and community organizer born and raised in Anaheim, CA, a current M.F.A candidate at Claremont Graduate University. Before becoming a visual artist William worked as a photojournalist for several years covering topics of immigration, gun violence and other social justice issues. His documentary work has taken him to the Mexico/US border, Southern Mexico and Guatemala doing reportage on issues affecting those countries. For two years William Camargo covered Black and Brown communities in the South Side and West Side of Chicago, focusing on violence through documentary photography.
His work is inspired from his family’s immigration from Mexico and his working class upbringing in a Mexican/American barrio, touching issues of assimilation, identity, gentrification and immigration through photography. In his most recent work, he uses his rasquache aesthetics to bring awareness to issues of gentrification as a social justice issue that has plagued many communities of color across Chicago and the United States.
His work has appeared in several publications including TIME, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, Chicago Reader, The New York Times Lens Blog and others. William's photographs have also been displayed in art galleries in Los Angeles, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Chicago, New York, Indianapolis, Wisconsin and Massachusetts , including DNJ Gallery at Bergamot Station, The Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, USC's department of Urban Education in Los Angeles, The Loisaida Center in New York, Christen De Haan Fine Art Center at the University of Indianapolis, Mathis Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and The Cooper Gallery for African and African American Art at Harvard.
William Camargo has also participated at the ACRE Residency in Steuben, WI in 2017, a teaching artist residence at Project Art in Chicago and currently a Artist in Resident at the Chicago Artist Coaltion, he is also taught through the National Museum of Mexican Art and as well other non profits in Santa Ana, Anaheim and Chicago.
William is available for assignment
Located in Southern California