José Luis Villegas


Received Bachelors of Fine Arts in photography from the University of San Francisco/Academy of Art College in 1983. I worked as a photojournalist from 1983 until early 2019. I am a photographer with the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

In 1996, along with writer Marcos Bretón, we were awarded the Alicia Patterson Fellowship to continue our project on Latin Baseball. The project published as, "Away Games" by Simon & Schuster in 1999.

"Home is Everything" a bilingual companion photography book to Away Games was published and released by Cinco Puntos Press in March of 2003.

“Far From Home” co-authored with writer Tim Wendel was published by the National Geographic in 2008

I was also a contributing photographer in the photographic project “Americanos”, documenting Latino culture in the United States, published by Little Brown in 2000.

Photography contributor to the Ken Burns documentary, The 10th Inning, 2010 

I am based in Sacramento, California where I live with my greatest supporter and wonderful wife Ruth, near our children Jacqueline and Jeraline, and grandchildren.


2009 Spring/Winter - National Baseball Hall of Fame - Cooperstown, New York - Solo Exhibition - “The Latino Baseball Story”

2005 Fall – Oakland Museum – Oakland, California - “The Latino Baseball Story”

2005 Winter – Museum of Modern Art – Houston, Texas - “The Latino Baseball Story”

2003 Fall – California State University Sacramento, California -Solo Exhibition/Latino Baseball

2000 Spring - Crocker Art Museum – Sacramento, California - Solo Exhibition/Latino Baseball

1999/2000 –  “Americanos” Traveling Exhibition - Contributing photographer