College for Creative Studies: Photography


Carlos Diaz


MFA, University of Michigan
BFA, College for Creative Studies

Carlos Diaz

Research Interests:

Carlos Diaz is a Professor of Photography and currently conducting research and photographing for his second book, The American Monument: In the Confederate South.

Professional Experience:

Diaz is former chair of the Photography Department where he has taught for 35 years. Before taking his position at CCS, Diaz taught at Bowling Green State University and the University of Michigan, School of Art (now the Penny Stamps School of Art). Prior to his teaching career Diaz was a draftsman and mechanical designer in numerous capacities. Diaz has been assistant to Eugene Richards, Mary Ellen Mark and Lee Friedlander. For 40 years Diaz’s work had revolved around his interest in history and memory, and people and place. Diaz’s work is represented by the David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI and Photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

Significant Publications/Presentations/Exhibitions:

• Monograph, The Invented Landscapes of Coney Island and Carnival Ride Attendants, published 2017, Obscura Land Publishers. Essays by renowned photo critic, A. D. Colman and historian, Mary McNichols, PhD. 
• Work included in book, The Photographer in the Garden, published 2018, Aperture Foundation.
• Featured artist in critically acclaimed journal, Detroit Research: Volume Two, A Conversation with Carlos Diaz by Mary McNichols, PhD, published Spring/Fall 2016.
• Solo exhibition, Spaces and Spectacle: A 25 Year Retrospective, 2017, David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI.
• Work in the collections of Museum of fine Arts, Houston, Museum of the City of New York, Detroit Institute of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC and others.
• Recipient of University of Michigan Rackham Graduate Fellowships, grants from National Endowment for the Arts, Ford Foundation, NEA Midwest, Polaroid Foundation, Michigan Council for the Arts; Individual Artist Grant, Kresge Community Arts Grant and the Wayne County Artistic Excellence and Community Commitment Award.