Carlos Diaz is a Professor of Photography and former department chair at the College for Creative Studies where he has taught for over 30 years. Prior to his position at CCS, Diaz taught at Bowling Green State University and the University of Michigan, School of Art.
Diaz’s work Latino Immigrants and the Homes of Southwest Detroit was recently acquired and featured in the Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010 exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts. He is currently working on a long-term project, ROUGE; The Legacy of Detroit and the Autoworker, at the old Ford Rouge Complex in Dearborn. Diaz is also collaborating with Bill Rauhauser on the forth coming The American Carnival Midway, a double volume slip-cased book set.
Diaz’s work has been included in numerous collections public and private including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Ross Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum of the City of New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He is currently represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago and formerly by the Sarah Morthland Gallery in New York City and Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe.
Before his formal studies in the arts, Diaz was a draftsman and mechanical designer in numerous capacities. He has been the recipient of a University of Michigan Rackham Graduate Fellowship (multiple years) and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ford Foundation, NEA Arts Midwest, Polaroid Foundation, Michigan Council for the Arts, Individual Artist Grant (multiple years), Kresge Community Arts Grant and bestowed the Wayne County Artistic Excellence and Community Commitment Award among others.
- BFA, College for Creative Studies, MFA, University of Michigan