Librado Romero, born in Los Angeles in 1942, has been drawing and painting since childhood, exhibiting both photography and paintings in Europe, Mexico and throughout the United States.
In 1965, after art school in San Francisco, he enlisted in the U.S Army and while stationed in West Germany was assigned as the Regimental Photographer. This marked the beginning of his fifty-year career in photojournalism.
Upon returning stateside he was hired as a staff photographer for the Providence Journal. Two years later in 1969, he joined the staff of The New York Times, but resigned four years later to pursue magazine work. He worked for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Newsweek, Time Magazine and others.
In 1976 he was offered an opportunity to work as a consultant to El Sol de Mexico newspaper in Mexico City which he accepted during which time he covered the Mexican political scene, drug wars and the devastating Guatemalan earthquake with images published world wide including images published in The New York Times, Time magazine, Newsweek and The National Geographic.
Upon returning to California he decided to try his hand at painting full time and returned to his home-state of California, opening an art gallery in Venice. The gallery failed and he took a summer job with the Los Angeles Times as a photographer which was followed by by an offer to join the staff of the San Francisco Examiner where he remained for the next six years.
In 1985 he returned to New York and was rehired by The New York Times where he worked until his retirement in 2013.
In 2002, he was a awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for his part in The New York Times’ series “Race In America”.
He is presently spending his retirement painting full time in his Yonkers studio.