Pablo Unzueta is a first generation Chilean-American photojournalist documenting health equity, the environment, culture and displacement amongst the Latino population in San Francisco for El Tecolote. Coming from a background of photographers and artists in his family, Unzueta picked up his first camera at the age of 17 and taught himself photography by documenting life around the Los Angeles region, including moments in his own journey. His formal career started when he joined CalMatters as a photojournalism intern, producing features, portraiture and breaking news. Unzueta went on to become a full-time freelance photojournalist and a grantee of the Magnum Foundation. You can find Unzueta’s work in The Guardian, CalMatters and High Country News. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Cal State Long Beach.
El Tecolote began as a journalism project in a Raza Studies class at San Francisco State University’s newly created College of Ethnic Studies in 1970. Five decades later, El Tecolote continues to be free, circulating 10,000 copies biweekly. It is the longest running bilingual (English/Spanish) newspaper in the American Southwest. Our mission is to promote cultural arts, community media and civic engagement as a way of building healthy and empowered Latino communities. El Tecolote has a longstanding commitment to inform immigrants, which has proven crucial during a time of increasingly anti-immigrant sentiment.
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