Arlene Mejorado is a freelance photojournalist and artist based in Los Angeles, California and the U.S./Mexico border. The daughter of migrants, she is a passionate observer and an aspirant of beauty, dignity, and truth. Mejorado has worked on assignment for The California Sunday Magazine, Buzzfeed, Amplifier Art, and Remezcla. Her photography can be seen in Vice, LA Weekly, LA Times, NPR, Contemporary Arts Review, The Current, and La Liga. Mejorado holds a degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin where she also completed an internship at the Human Rights Documentation Initiative.
Her photography has been exhibited at Photoville in New York City, the Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Benson Latin American Collection in Austin, Texas. In 2017, Arlene collaborated with Shepard Fairey and Amplifier Art on the We the People art campaign and created Defend Dignity, based on one of the portraits she made. Mejorado was the co-recipient of the NALAC mentorship grant alongside her mentor Adriana Monsalve. She co-publishing her first book Femme Frontera which received the Independent Photo Book award by the Lucie Foundation. In 2018, she was included in the Authority Collective’s LIT List of 30 outstanding photographers and was selected for the Women Photograph workshop. Her passion lies in building new visual narratives of migration, diaspora, gender, and culture through collaboration and experimentation.