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Noé Montes was born in Modesto, CA, in 1973. He grew up in a family of migrant farm workers that traveled up and down California’s Central Valley following harvests. After high school, he worked briefly in the field of electronics before finding the medium of photography. Around the same time, with the goal of helping other people, he began working with community organizations. Over the last twenty-five years, Noé has developed a socially engaged practice in which he creates documentary work around a specific social issue or geographic location. Working with local partners, he then uses that work as a tool for community and civic engagement through programming that includes exhibits, workshops and community dialogues. He also works to integrate the stories of the communities he documents into the American historical narrative.
Clients / Commissions
The Alicia Patterson Foundation, The Annenberg Foundation, The Blue Sky Center, Boom: A Journal of California, City of Long Beach, The California Center, The California Community Foundation, Contra Viento Journal, High Country News, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), The Getty Foundation, The Lift To Rise Initiative, Los Angeles County MTA, Los Angeles Police Foundation, Palm Springs Art Museum, Saban Community Clinics, University of Southern California
Coachella Valley Farmworkers Project