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Born and raised in Santa Ana, California, Javier was fortunate to have also spent many of his summers with his grandparents in Huejucar, Jalisco, Mexico, where later in his teens he would always walk around with a Pentax K-1000 camera around his neck and a native sack made by the local Wixarica people filled with black-and- white film. His greatest inspirations were his close friends, who also were photographers, and artists like Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Josef Koudelka, Diane Arbus, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. He studied at OCC, GWC, and Coastline, and as an avid film lover, Javier went to San Francisco to pursue a B.A. in Film Studies at SFSU. Upon his return to Orange County, he began working in the International Student Program at Golden West College and pursued a Masters in Public Policy and Administration while employed there. Now, continuing his love of working with international students, he is part of the Admission & Records team at Coastline College. On his days off, he enjoys taking photos (now on an iPhone), exploring dark antique shops, gardening, and studying Japanese Tea ceremony.
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