Hector Oaxaca Acosta

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Hector Oaxaca Acosta (March 13, 1926 – June 10, 2013), nicknamed "Chinito," was a Mexican news photographer and photojournalist. Based in Ciudad Juárez, Oaxaca's career spanned more than 67 years.[1] He provided news photographs for a variety of Mexican and American publications and wire services, including El Fronterizo, El Mexicano, the Associated Press, and El Paso y Más, a Spanish-language paper published by the El Paso Times.[1]

Oaxaca was born in Chihuahua to parents, David Oaxaca and María Acosta, on March 13, 1926.[2] He was a cousin of actor Anthony Quinn.[1]

Alejandro Cruz Rivera, the President of the Mexican Federation of Sports Journalists, noted that Oaxaca had "won just about every award a photographer in Mexico can win."[1] In early June 2013, just one week before his death, the Las Misiones shopping center in Juárez opened a public exhibition of his work, entitled "Retrospective Photographs of Don Hector Oaxaca," which was curated by the Juárez Association of Journalists.[1]

Hector Oaxaca Acosta died of an illness at his home on June 10, 2013, at the age of 87.[1][2] He was survived by his wife, Garciela Echavarri, and two sons, Hector Oaxaca Echavarri and Francisco Javier Oaxaca Echavarri.[1] He was a close friend of the former Mayor of El Paso, Carlos Ramirez.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Washington Valdez, Diana (2013-06-12). "Renowned photographer Hector Oaxaca Acosta dies in Juárez at 87 years old". El Paso Times. Retrieved 2013-07-05. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b "A los 87 años, fallece el fotoperiodista Héctor Oaxaca". El Diario de Juárez. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
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