Juan Giraldo is a documentary photographer currently based in Chicago, Illinois.
Born in Mazinales, Colombia—he was raised in Paterson, New Jersey. An environmental portrait and interior photographer also working on long-term documentary projects—Juan's work explores the personal interior spaces of working people, (in particular the employees of Great Lakes Reload and his family in Paterson, New Jersey), the textures of a working life and the banal indicators of domesticity that shaped his view of the world, both as a first generation immigrant and laborer. In addition to this work, Giraldo continues to photograph his family as part of an ongoing project in which he looks at his relationship with his parents.
Giraldo received a BFA in Photography from William Paterson University. Later in 2015, he completed an MFA in Photography from Columbia College.
Awards include The Center for Photography at Woodstock A-I-R Program, Dwight D. Follett Fellowship Full Tuition Award from Columbia College Chicago, Honorable Mention in, En Foco’s, People Places and Things, Brozowski Scholarship and Fiftieth Reunion Endowed Scholarship both from William Paterson University.
Exhibitions include: 2016 Aqui, Perspective Gallery, Evanston, IL, Art Now 2016: New Directions in Contemporary Photography, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI The Fine Art of Photography, Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth, MA Perceived Realities 2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Columbia College Chicago President’s Residence (solo show),Paterson Art Walk, Aljira Fine Art (group shows), What Work Is, Englewood Library (solo show), Figurative Impulse, Oualie Arts Gallery, and What Work Is, American Labor Museum (solo show).