College for Creative Studies: Photography


Carlos Diaz


MFA, University of Michigan; BFA, College for Creative Studies

Carlos Diaz is a Professor of Photography and former department chair at the college for Creative Studies where he has taught for 32 years.

Prior to his position at CCS, Diaz taught at Bowling Green State University and the University of Michigan, School of Art.

Diaz was awarded sabbatical in the winter 2015 to continue work on ROUGE, The Legacy of Detroit and the Autoworker and traveled to Japan to begin a new project photographing landscape and meditation gardens at Shinto Shrines and Buddist Temples. His work has been included in numerous collections, public and private, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Ross Museum of Art; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Museum of the City of New York; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He is currently represented by the David Klein Gallery and Photo-eye Gallery in Sante Fe, New Mexico and formally represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago and the Sarah Morthland Gallery in NYC.

Before his formal studies in the arts, Diaz was a mechanical draftsman and designer in numerous capacities. He is the recipient of a University of Michigan Rackham Graduate Fellowship (3 years) and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ford Foundation, NEA Midwest, Polaroid Foundation, Michigan Council for the Arts; Individual Artist Grants (3 years) and the Kresge Community Arts Grant and bestowed the Wayne County Artistic Excellence and Community Commitment Award.