Fernando Delgado was born in 1957 in Santiago de Cuba. In 1969, he and his family moved to the United States. They settled in Newark, New Jersey, where Delgado graduated from Arts High School. He attended The Cooper Union School of Art and Parsons School of Design in New York, studying with Louise Nevelson, Milton Glaser, Henry Wolf and Herb Lubalin.
In 1981, Delgado began a successful advertising career in New York. Working with the best talent in the industry, he honed his skills as a creative professional with Macy’s, Avon, Bloomingdale’s, Bonwit Teller and Young & Rubicam Advertising. After more than 25 years promoting, scrutinizing and working with thousands of images, stepping behind the camera seemed only natural to Delgado.
In 2005, he moved to the high desert of New Mexico, where he now lives and works. His photography has been exhibited and published nationally and is part of many public and private collections. Delgado is also a published author and popular speaker. He conducts workshops, public talks, and works with groups in the public and private sectors.
I photograph life as I feel it, not as I see it. ‘Why’ and image should come to life is more intriguing to me that ‘How’ or ‘When’ which is why it is difficult for me to photograph anything in passing. The time spent with my subjects is very special; that intimacy ultimately reveals the essential role they will play in the work. The quieter, more reflective aspects of making images appeal to me; it is a richer, more rewarding experience than mere documentation.