Milagros Photo Studio & Gallery
Centrally located at 174 E Toole Avenue, in the heart of downtown Tucson, in the Arts District.
It is a place that enables creative people share their artwork and create beautiful images using their photographic skills.
Guillermo Escudero and Ben Vidal opened this Studio with the goal to contribute to the rich creative art culture in Tucson.
We provide the space for creative souls to show their photography.
Benjamin J. Vidal
In place of a formal training in photography, I have learned from painstaking trial and error, driven by my insatiable hunger to show the world what I see.
I think that taking a photograph is like digging for diamonds. My mind's eye is like a shovel that I use to dig past the insecurities and false ideas that hinder people’s true beauty and magnificence from shining through—the things that people don't see in themselves or in their loved ones. I feel there is nothing more beautiful than photographing someone and capturing the emotions and intangibles unique to their personality.
I love people. Everyone is a masterpiece in their own right, and my camera is the paintbrush that reveals their unique art and their beauty.
I believe that photography is in my blood. One morning in April 2011, while having breakfast with my father, he revealed that he too wanted to be a photographer when he was young. However, making ends meet for his family came first, and when he was drafted during WWII, that dream eventually took a backseat to reality.
He told me this in Spanish: "It's funny how things work out. My dream became your reality without me saying a word until now." He was 85 when he told me this. He may have never picked up a camera, but I believe he read about photography in the navy. One thing he said that has always stuck with me is this: "Photography is a long dreamy waltz with light...be gentle and show her respect and she will never let you down.”
Originally from Argentina, migrated to New York in 1991, with a background in arts, he took interest in photography when working in a theater documenting actors and dancers, doing a little of street photography. Since he moved to Tucson Mr. Escudero has not stopped photographing his favorite theme: the monsoon and missions.
His love for photography has led him together with Mr. Vidal to open a space that facilitates other artists and photographers a space to show and be creative.