About the Artist

Louis Cantillo

Louis Cantillo is best known for his vibrant landscape photography of the Desert Southwest, Colonial Mexico, Old World Europe, and his collection of doors and windows. Louis has a gift for capturing unique perspectives on the familiar, through careful composition and use of color, texture, and contrast, all driven by his extreme passion for the beauty in life and the people he meets along the way.

My Story

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, into an artistic family, I became interested in photography at an early age. Inspired by my maternal grandfather who was cinematographer from Budapest, I followed my dreams and studied photography at Houston Community College from 1990-1992.

An Arizona resident since 1992, I was drawn to the southwest by its rugged diversity and many challenges for the professional photographer. While I began my photographic career with Arizona landscapes, sunsets, and lightning shots, it was a chance side trip through the Barrio and Presidio Districts of Tucson that led me to my first passion – that of photographing colorful doors and windows of the historic districts of the southwestern U.S., particularly Tucson, and then to our southern neighbor Mexico. Over the years, I have received national recognition for my images of the El Presidio and Barrio Districts of Tucson.

At the ripe “old” age of 40-something, I finally had the opportunity to venture abroad to the shores of the UK (Ireland), and on to Mainland Europe, where I discovered a whole “new” (old) world of doors, windows, alleyways, seascapes, etc. You will see from the website, that Italy has a hold on me!

As most of us, I too have a long bucket list of where I would like to go, that’s for sure! However, it is always helpful to know what customers are looking for. Therefore, I invite you to email me and let me know where you would like me to go…or if you need a photographer to accompany you on your trip or on your cruise. I have been asked and remain open to being anyone’s or any group’s personal photographer, anywhere!

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