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Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina

The presence of a vibrant Latino community in North Carolina is fairly recent history.  Seeking better futures for their families, many Latinos have made their homes here since the 1980s.

Observing this trend, José Galvez, an accomplished photojournalist who is himself Mexican-American, moved with his family from Arizona to North Carolina in 2004 to document this emerging population. The resulting images, taken over 10 years, reveal the diversity and strength of the state’s growing Latino community.

These photographs of Latino North Carolinians working, worshipping and celebrating are highlighted in an exhibit titled Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina. This exhibit was the North Carolina Museum of History’s first to focus on the state’s Latino community, and also the institution’s first bilingual exhibit. With English and Spanish descriptions, Al Norte al Norte features 51 compelling images by the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist.  From business owners and farm laborers to grandparents and kindergarten graduates, the photographs capture the daily life of Latino North Carolinians. 

Exhibition Specifications


  • 1 traveling entry panel (60” x 40”)
  • 47 framed photographs (18 ¼” x 14” total framed dimensions)
  • 4 framed photographs (12 ¾” x 12 ¾” total framed dimensions)
  • 51 bilingual photograph captions (12” x 6”)
  • 2 bilingual primary panels (34” x 44”)
  • 4 bilingual secondary panels (36” x 28”)
  • 4 bilingual “Did You Know” panels (12” x 10”)
  • 1 bilingual demographic map panel (38” x 44”)
  • 1 bilingual photographer biography panel (19 ½” x 15 ½”)
  • 1 bilingual acknowledgements panel (26” x 13”)
  • 1 bilingual sponsor panel (11” x 18”)
  • 1 DVD including 20 additional photographs with bilingual captions that can be shown on AV loop
  • 1 CD containing music by predominantly North Carolina Latino artists
  • 15 copies bilingual “Fred’s Finds” scavenger hunt activity for students

Participation Fee: $4500 for three-month venue, plus shipping costs.

This exhibit has additional venue requirements. Please contact Whitney Watson for additional information.

Images of North Carolina’s diverse and growing Latino community by Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer José Galvez showing work, worship, protest, and celebration.