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Joel Salcido grew along the U.S. and Mexican border.
As a staff photographer for the El Paso Times he documented the Tarahumara Indians and covered the 1985 Mexico earthquake. He also traveled extensively in Latin America for USA Today.
In 1991 he resigned as Photo Editor of the El Paso Times eventually moving to Spain to work on a year long project titled, Spain: Millennium Past.
His fine art photographs are now in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the prestigious Harry Ransom Humanities Center at UT Austin, The El Paso Museum of Art, The Austonian and The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos and the UTSA Art Collection.
In 2017 Trinity University Press published his book, The Spirit of Tequila, based on his series, Aliento A Tequila, a photographic exhibit that is now on a national tour.
The emblematic landscape photograph from the Tequila series titled, “Atotonilco el Alto,” was recently inducted into the National Art Heritage Collection of Mexico and permanently resides at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City.
In 2021 Salcido was a guest artist representing San Antonio at the Jornada Binacional Para Artistas in Mexico City.