Many in Los Angeles just became acquainted with the architectural photographs of Pedro E. Guerrero this April when he appeared at an exhibition of his work at Wodbury University's gallery in Hollywood. We did a little item on him at LA Observed; Hunter Drohojowska-Philp did a nice piece on KCRW. Great personal story: Guerrero attended Art Center School when it was still in Los Angeles, then in 1939 he dropped in on Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona and became the architect's go-to photographer for the next 20 years. Guerrero died Thursday at home in Florence, Arizona.
From Associated Press:
His 15-minute interview with Wright opened up doors for him professionally for years to come. "He was open sesame, wherever I went," Guerrero told the Casa Grande Dispatch in 2001.
He worked as a photographer at the architect's homes in Scottsdale and Wisconsin for a year. Then, after serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he returned to his work as Wright's photographer until the architect's death in 1959.
He published books on Wright, [Alexander] Calder and [Luie] Nevelson and did freelance work for magazines such as House and Garden, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.
Guerrero said in April, when he was honored by Woodbury's Julius Shulman Institute and by Art Center: "I am deeply honored to receive this important award. The training and encouragement I received at the Art Center School 75 years ago changed my life forever."
Photo: George Sturges House, Los Angeles, 1947 by Pedro E. Guerrero. The home was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939.