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His artistic background began in theater as he acted and danced valet folklorico with a group after school while growing up in Zacateas, Mexico. At the age of twelve, his parents sent him back to LA to live with his brother. They wanted to give him better future job opportunities, possibly as a company manager. Back in the States, Joaquin’s theatrical interests progressed. He became a group leader for the group Raices Latinas a Dance. During his last three years in high school he was intimately involved as one of three directors creating set design, wardrobe and choreography for the group’s theatrical performances throughout the year.
It wasn’t until he attended Golden West community college that Joaquin discovered his passion for photography. Here he was awarded with a scholarship to attend a night class at Art Center College of Design (ACCD).
In his early twenties Joaquin studied photography for eight semesters at ACCD under great photographer instructors including James Fee, Paul Jasmine, Tony Zepeda, Bob Ingol and Fred Fellow. "Azucar Amarga" - a portrait documentary of exotic dancers in Ensanda, Mexico was one of his first shows displayed at the ACCD fine art gallery and consisted of eighteen 20 x 24 inch colored portraits.
Joaquin’s body of work for his graduating thesis called "Los Ninos" began as a collection of five portraits of nieces and nephews. The resulting show, corresponding with his graduation in April of 2001, continued the series with a collection of thirty portraits on the same personal subject of family.
In 2001, he joined forces with Brian Paumier to create Trujillo-Paumier. Since then, this team has produced six years of stunning commercial work that has been exhibited in art shows, art fairs and magazines. Trujillo-Paumier has shot for publications including NY Times Magazine, LA Times Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Los Angeles magazine, News Week, Big Magazine and Dwell. Trujillo-Paumier work has been featured in downtown LA’s De Soto Gallery for both the 2005 show “HOT cakes” 2000 and the 2006 show, “Familia y Amigos”.
Trujillo-Paumier photography has been shown at art fairs including ART LA January 2005 and 2006, Art Santa Fe in March 2005, Photo NY in April 2005 and Scope NY in March 2006.
Joaquin has also had a pivotal role in helping create the photographic aesthetic for two magazines. In 2002 he helped found Fugue where he has been the photo editor for the last three years. In 2005 he helped launch Good Magazine as their photo editor. He continues as the photo editor for both magazines while also shooting commercial and fine artwork for other publications.
Joaquin’s personal photos Los Ninos is represented by RoseGallery.
Joaquin’s passion is photography. He loves shooting and collaborating with Brian Paumier as well as assigning photo shoots and leading photographic direction for Fugue and Good Magazine. Los Ninos is his most recent solo body of work.