Follow ‘Journeys of Harry Crosby’ as film about La Jolla photographer, historian premieres

Interested in photography and Baja California? The documentary The Travels of Harry Crosby premieres Thursday at the Balboa Park Museum of Photographic Arts.

The event, organized by the San Diego History Center and Cinewest Productionsincludes a screening reception at the center at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15.

The hour-long documentary, directed by award-winning director Isaac Artenstein, founder of Cinewest, focuses on Crosby, a renowned photographer and historian. His travels resulted in acclaimed books such as “The Painted Caves of Baja California”, “The Last of the Californios”, “Antigua California”, and “Tijuana 1964”.

The History Center and Cinewest co-produced the project, for which Artenstein and his team
traveled through Baja California to trace Crosby’s travels by land and air.

The documentary includes bi-national stories that demonstrate the spirit of mutual understanding that can be found between the United States and Mexico.

A Q&A session will take place after the screening with Artenstein and Pulitzer Prize-
winning photographer Don Bartletti, alumnus of the Los Angeles Times. Bartletti collaborated with Crosby and also appears in the documentary.

UC San Diego also holds a collection of works by the nonagenarian, a graduate of La Jolla High School. It includes photos of college and Crosby’s travels through Baja and Sonora, Mexico, taken from the 1950s through the 1980s.

Note: Photo Credit – A taco vendor keeps up to date with the day’s news. Photo by Harry Crosby. Gelatin silver print, 1964.

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