Joseph Tamargo obtained an M.F.A. degree in Photography from University of Miami and a B.F.A. degree in Photography and Video Art from Florida International University. He undertook additional graduate studies in Photography at Florida International University, and Non-Silver Photography and History of Photography at University of New Mexico.
He has taught photography at University of Miami School of Communication and repeatedly organized workshops at Universidad del Pacifico in Santiago, Chile. Since 1986, he has taught and directed the photography program at the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College.
He has won many awards, including the 1998 Best in Photography award at the Hortt 40th juried Art Exhibition in Fort Lauderdale and Mnemeiss Award from Universidad del Pacifico for contributions to promotion of Chilean photography.
As recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Chile, Mr. Tamargo engaged in a series of lectures and research initiatives which have spawned on-going linkage arrangements between Miami Dade College and Chilean universities. Mr. Tamargo's body of work is well known in Santiago, Chile as well as in South Florida where it has been exhibited in significant galleries and other art spaces. A widely published artist, Mr. Tamargo's work is in important corporate, private, and public collections at home and abroad.