William Camargo is a visual artist/arts educator and community organizer born and raised in Anaheim, CA, and working in Chicago. 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, Ventura and Kenosha, WI 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, and the Mathis Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
William Camargo has also participated at the ACRE Residency in Steuben, WI in 2017, is a current teaching artist residence at Project Art in Chicago, he is also a teaching artist through the National Museum of Mexican Art and current HATCH Projects Resident at the Chicago Artist Coalition for 2017/2018 years.
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Located in Chicago