James Gorraiz operated the Casa Grande PhotoShop for 25 years from 1950 until 1975. His large collection of photographs provides a historical mid-century portrait of Arizona , and captures the energy of the post war boom happening throughout the country. This presentation is a collaboration with Marilyn Szabo, Marshall Shore and the Casa Grande Valley Historical Society.
Marilyn Szabo is a photographer who has been capturing striking imagery fueled by her love of history and photography for over twenty five years. Szabo was traditionally trained in photography, receiving her BA from Virginia Commonwealth University in history with a minor in photography. She has traveled extensively, photographing in New York , New Mexico and Paris . Her photography explores a variety of diverse subjects including architecture, landscape, and people, creating stunning and intimate works, preferring to work in series. Her artwork has been featured in numerous publications including Triumph of Our Communities, Bilingual Press, Tempe, AZ , Black and White, Focus, Sun Magazine , and Java Magazine. Her work can be found in many public and private collections throughout the United States , as well as receiving the Alligator Juniper’s 2010 National Photography Award and the cover. She has received five arts commission awards and has extensively exhibited her artwork nationally and internationally while garnering numerous awards and grants. In 2014 At Work in Arizona: The First 100 Years, featuring 80 of Szabo’s photographs, was published. In 2015 Photographs, a one person show was exhibited at Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale. Her most recent one person show isLife&Death:Portraits, was at monOrchid Shade Gallery. She is currently working on an accompanying book and on a book of historical photography by an Arizona photographer James Gorraiz and on an a book of portraits from Life&Death:Portraits.
Marshall Shore is “the Hip Historian” or “Hipstorian” who specializes in finding and sharing the most interesting bits and curiosities from our past: the semi-forgotten people, places, and events that have made us who we are today. As the official “Unofficial Phoenix Historian,” Marshall uses storytelling magic, found film footage, old photographs, sound recordings, ephemera, and artifacts to bring our history to life in his entertaining and educational presentations.