“Chiapas Racers” August 3, 2000. State of Chiapas, Mexicoby Don Bartletti
Archival Pigment Print, Unframed, 10”x15” print, Valued at $400
Artist Bio: Don Bartletti was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for "Enrique's Journey," a 6-part Los Angeles Times photo essay about Central American migrant stowaway children riding freight trains through Mexico. Chiapas Racers is part of that body of work. He was a 2015 Pulitzer Finalist for International Reporting for "Product of Mexico," about the exploitation of migrant child farmworkers in Mexico who harvest produce for export to the U.S. Other recognitions include the Robert F. Kennedy Grand Prize for International Photojournalism, Polk Award, Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year International, World Press Photo, UNICEF, Gerald Lobe Award, and the Scripps Howard Award. In 1966 Bartletti rode a motorcycle from London to Athens with a Kodak Instamatic camera. In August 1967 he made his first photo essay during the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury with a Yashica-Mat twin lens reflex. In 1968 he graduated from Palomar College with an AA degree in Photography. He joined the U.S. Army in 1968. During his tour of duty as an Infantry Lieutenant in Vietnam, Bartletti carried an M-16 rifle and 2 Nikon cameras. In 1972 he began his photojournalism career at his hometown paper, the Vista Press. He soon moved on to the Oceanside Blade-Tribune, the San Diego Union/Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. After 32 years with the Times, Don retired in 2015. He’s still making photographs and is often invited to speak about his career at universities, high schools, conferences and civic organizations. His photographs have been shown in scores of one-person and group exhibits at museums throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Bartletti has 2 adult children and 4 grandsons. He and his wife Diana reside in Vista, California.