Joel Salcido began as a photography intern for the El Paso Times in 1979. Soon after receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Business Administration, he became a staff photographer for the El Paso Times. As a staff photographer for the newspaper, he documented the Tarahuma ra Indians of Mexico, covered the 1985 earthquake in Mexico and traveled extensively in Latin America for USA Today. He received multiple awards, amongst them several for his coverage of life in Cuba and inhalant abuse on the U.S.-Mexican border. In 1991 Salcido left The El Paso Times as photo editor to pursue commercial and editorial photography. Eight years later, he moved his family to Spain for a sabbatical year to work on his fine art photography. His fine art photographs are now in the permanent collections of The Austonian, The Witliff Southwestern and Mexican Photography Collection at Texas State University-San Marcos, The El Paso Museum of Art, the Harry Ransom Humanities Center at UT Austin and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Federal Reserve Bank in El Paso, Texas.
Most recently he exhibited his Texas Small Town Series during the China 14th International Photographic Art Exhibition in Lishui, China. This series is now in the permanent collection of the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.
His last exhibit in 2012, Descriptions of China, was held at the Institute of Texan Cultures in association with the Smithsonian Institution in San Antonio, Texas. Joel Salcido continues to work as an editorial and fine art photographer in Austin and produces work for galleries and publications like USA Today and Texas Monthly. In 2004, he was one of three Fulbright scholarship finalists for a Bolivian photography project and in 2005 was nominated for the Art House Texas Prize. Currently, he is a candidate for the Rome Prize.
Bio courtesy of Aliento a Tequila