GIL GARCETTI - Before becoming a photographer, Gil spent 32 years as a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. He was the elected District Attorney for eight years (1992-2000). In addition to overseeing high profile prosecutions such as the Menendez brothers and O.J. Simpson cases, Gil directed his 1100 prosecutors to focus their efforts on more effectively addressing domestic violence and on specific programs designed to prevent crime. After Gil left office in 2000, he taught a seminar entitled “The Interaction of the Criminal Justice System, Race, Politics and the Media.” at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
After leaving the District Attorney’s office Gil has focused his professional efforts as a photographer, speaker, and television producer. Since the publication of his first photo book in 2002, IRON: ERECTING THE WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, six additional books have been published. Since 2013 Gil has had numerous solo exhibitions of his photograph around the world including the United Nations, New York, National Building Museum, Washington D.C., UNESCO, Paris, France, Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China, UCLA Fowler Museum, Virginia Center for Architecture, Richmond, Virginia, Vienna International Center, Vienna, Austria, and the New York Center for Performing Arts, New York.
Gil’ speaking engagements have included the United Nations, UNESCO, European Union, and many museums, conferences, and civic and local organizations. He is also a producer of the hit TNT television series, Major Crimes.
Gil’s most recent photo book and project, JAPAN: A REVERENCE FOR BEAUTY, was released in January 2015. This project raises the question of why the Japanese people are so unique in their reverence and need for beauty in virtually every aspect in their lives and what we might learn from this ancient culture that will enhance us as a people or nation.
In April 2014 Garcetti was sworn in as UNESCO – IHE Cultural Ambassador. His responsibilities in this role are to bring worldwide awareness to the issue of safe water in developing countries with a particular focus on how safe water affects the lives of women and girls.
His father was an immigrant from Mexico and his mother’s parents were also born in Mexico. Gil was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California and UCLA Law School. He has been married to his wife, Sukey for 51 years. His daughter, Dana, is a lawyer and acupuncturist and his son, Eric, is the Mayor of Los Angeles. (8/2015)
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