There’s no one way to be Chicano or Mexican-American. Just ask, Harry Gamboa Jr., the photographer behind the exhibition titled, “Chicano Male Unbounded,” which just opened at The Autry Museum of the American West. As a youth, Gamboa Jr. began his life by being involved in the 1960s Chicano movement. Today, he is an internationally recognized photographer whose work has been featured throughout the United States and in galleries around the world.
In an interview with KCET, Gamboa Jr., explained the origin of the word Chicano. “It was about 1968 when the term was introduced broadly, on some level,” he told KCET. “At that point, it had a root that was very politicized and maybe had a particular trajectory but, since that time, there’s been so much that’s been added to it and contributes to it,” he continued.
His latest series features approximately 100 portraits of Chicano men and arrives at a moment when Chicanos continue to be stigmatized throughout the United States.