La Raza

Edited by Colin Gunckel

Exhibition curated by

Luis C. Garza and Amy Scott


Exhibition Catalogs
January 2020

La Raza, launched in 1967 in the basement of an Eastside LA church, was conceived as a tool for community-based organizing during the early days of the Chicano movement. The all-volunteer staff of the newspaper, and the magazine that followed, informed their readers and exhorted them to action through images and articles that showcased protests and demonstrations and documented pervasive social inequity and police abuse. La Raza’s photographers played a critical role as artists, journalists, and activists, creating an unparalleled record of the determination, resilience, and achievements of the Chicana/o community during a period of profound social change. 

This volume, edited by Colin Gunckel, presents photographs drawn from the more than 25,000 images in the CSRC’s La Raza Photograph Collection and from the exhibition La Raza, curated by Luis C. Garza and Amy Scott, at the Autry Museum of the American West. The exhibition was a collaboration between the museum and the CSRC. The accompanying essays offer not only scholarly assessments of the role of Chicana/o photographers in social movements and art history but also personal perspectives from La Raza photographers.

ISBN (cloth): 
248 pages.
123 illustrations, 12 in color.
9.5 x 12
Available from the
University of Washington Press
$39.95 cloth
2021 ALAA-Thoma Foundation Exhibition Catalogue Award
First Place
2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards
Gold Medal, U.S. History
2020 International Latino Book Awards
1st Place, Best Arts Book
2020 International Latino Book Awards
1st Place, Best Academic-Themed Book
2020 International Latino Book Awards
1st Place, Best Cover Photo
2020 International Latino Book Awards
Honorable Mention, Victor Villaseñor Best Latino Focused Nonfiction Book Award – English
"Should be in every public and school library, and every college across the nation."
— Judges' comments, 2020 International Latino Book Awards