Alex Garcia is a visual storyteller and Chicago photographer whose twenty-year career has spanned several countries and continents. At the Chicago Tribune, he has earned international accolades for his work, leading HarperCollins to call him "one of the world's best photojournalists."
Garcia shares a Pulitzer Prize with the staff of The Chicago Tribune, 2001, for coverage of gridlock at O'Hare Airport. He also received a Golden Eye - 1st Place award from the World Press Photo contest in Amsterdam, the world's most prestigious photography contest. Prior to joining the Chicago Tribune, his previous position was on staff at The Los Angeles Times, where he photographed national figures, celebrities and documentary projects.
Garcia's popular "Assignment Chicago" photo blog on the Chicago Tribune site, that includes a weekly column on photojournalism and photography, has become required reading in journalism programs across the country for its thought leadership. He has been an adjunct lecturer at the Northwestern University Medill Graduate School. He also speaks before groups at universities, associations, and events such as Printers Row Lit Fest, Chicago Ideas Week and a TEDx Midwest salon.
Among his book credits, Garcia was one of 125 photojournalists in the country chosen for the special book project "A Day in the Life of the U.S. Armed Forces". He was also selected to participate in the largest professional photo book project ever undertaken: "America 24/7". He had three photos published from among the million photos submitted by more than 1000 participating photographers. His most recent book project was "The Human Face of Big Data", produced by Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt.
Garcia has a personal interest in Cuba, the island of his heritage. Over the past fifteen years he has spent close to a year in the country - including a few months as a photographer for the first U.S. newspaper to open a permanent bureau on the island.
He lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Laura Husar Garcia, a freelance picture editor and photographer.
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