Noé Montes grew up in a family of migrant farmworkers in California’s Central Valley. Over the last 25 years he has developed a socially engaged photography practice based on creating documentary work then activating it through programming. He has extensive experience working with educational, cultural and civic institutions and non-profit organizations. His list of commissions includes work for The Alicia Patterson Foundation, The Annenberg Foundation, The California Community Foundation, The Getty Foundation, The Palm Springs Art Museum and The University of Southern California. He has exhibited work in galleries and museums throughout the U.S.