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Pedro Guerrero, Frank Lloyd Wright photographer with Madison ties, dies at 95
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Frank Lloyd Wright and Pedro Guerrero in 1949
Credit:Kaneji Domoto

Pedro Guerrero, known for his iconic photographs of architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his buildings, has died at 95. Guerrero had lived in Arizona but was an annual visitor to the Madison area, where he maintained ties with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Guerrero met Wright in Arizona in 1939. He knocked on the architect's door, looking for work as a photographer. Wright recognized his talent, trusting him to document such signature works as Madison's Jacobs House and Spring Green's Taliesin.

A collection of Guerrero's Wright photographs is on permanent exhibition (PDF) at Monona Terrace. He is also renowned for his extensive documentation of artworks by Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson.

With the help of his wife, Dixie Guerrero, Guerrero had an extraordinary late-career resurgence, with exhibitions, books and documentaries throughout the 1990s and 2000s. He was beloved in Madison for his warmth and humor, evident in many public appearances.

His last appearance came just a few weeks ago at Mineral Point's Brewery Pottery Studio, where he showed a collection of eccentric mobiles. Guerrero was charming to the end, entertaining gallery-goers with tales from his legendary career.

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