Pedro E. Guerrero, a former Art Center student who photographed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, died Thursday at his home in Florence, Ariz. He was 95.
Guerrero had battled cancer for several years.
Upon hearing the news of his passing, Dennis Keeley, Chair of Art Center’s Photography department, said, “He was a remarkably kind and generous man who represented the highest qualities of professional excellence that we hope for all our students.”
Guerrero photographed Wright and his buildings from 1939 until Wright’s death in 1950. Guerrero’s 1994 book, “Picturing Wright: An Album from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Photographer,” features 150 photographs captured during the artist’s 20-year relationship with the famed architect.
Guerrero also turned his lens on other artists, including sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson; architects Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarinen and Edward Durrell Stone; and shot interiors for Vogue, House & Garden and Harper’s Bazaar.
In April, Woodbury University Hollywood Space hosted “Photographs of Modern Life,” Guerrerro’s first extensive exhibition on the West Coast. At the opening of the retrospective, Art Center honored Guerrero with a lifetime achievement award.
“I am deeply honored to receive this important award,” he said in April. “The training and encouragement I received at the Art Center School 75 years ago changed my life forever.”
Born in Arizona in 1917, Guerrero left the Southwest for Los Angeles on his 20th birthday and enrolled in Art Center College of Design (then known as Art Center School). Guerrero was a student from 1937 to 1939 when he left to work for Wright.
Guerrero has often said he first signed up for photography at Art Center because it was the only class open, and “fell in love.”