Luis Galdámez was born on July 23, 1955 at the San Luis del Guineo estate, in the city of Comasagua, in the department of La Libertad. He is a Salvadoran photojournalist who has stood sue to his documentary photography.
Galdámez is the oldest of five siblings. His parents are María Inés Galdámez and Héctor Rivera Pérez, both from Comasagua and both worked in the field. Coffee agriculture.
At five years of age, he became under the tutelage of his paternal grandparents, Mercedes Rivera and Máximo Pérez. With such a young age, Galdámez began selling newspapers on weekends to the different inhabitants of the cantons and farms that visit the place to buy goods.
A few meters from his home, there was a village photographer named José Adam, a man who worked as a hairdresser, a buttonhole, a tailor and among those he worked in photography. This memories and impressions accompanied Luis throughout his life.
By 1965, he returned to live with his parents, who had emigrated four years ago to the city of Soyapango, in San Salvador, in search of stable jobs to improve their living conditions. However, after the earthquake in May of the same year, they were forced as a family to move to Ilopango. They settled down there and Luis, together with his brothers, completed their primary studies at the Fabio Castillo School in the same place.
After finishing elementary school, his parents decided he should continue studying at the Jorge Larde y Larin Institute in the city of San Martín, east of San Salvador.
Between 1970 and 1973, Luis sought to start earning money for his various personal expenses, so he learned to develop crafts by building pieces of wood and beef bone. He sold them in the shops of the Ilopango Airport.
In 1974 he decided to enroll itself at the National Center of Arts (CENAR), after taking a mandatory admission exam, Luis was chosen to be part of the student body of CENAR.
Galdámez completed his studies in 1976 and managed to graduate as a bachelor in Plastic Arts, Architectural Drafting minor. After this, the same institution offered him the assistant professor of Photography and Architectural Drawing position.
Galdámez began his higher studies at the journalism school of the University of El Salvador (UES), at the same time he was a collaborator and apprentice in graphic journalism with the Agency France Presse (AFP)
By 1986, he began collaborating for the Reuters News Agency. While covering the event of the presidential elections , the president at the time was shot dead and his co-worker and friend Roberto Navas died.
After being killed, Luis was transferred to the Rosales National Hospital, where they suggested that due to the severity of the injury they had to amputate his arm. However, he refused to let this happen. The next day, he was taken to the Diagnostic hospital where he was operated again.
Five days later, his insurance was able to send him to Miami, to the Jackson Memorial Hospital. There he had several operations where nerves were removed from the feet and skin of the leg to recover part of the mobility of his right hand.
While in the process of recovering he suffered a depression crisis, despite this he never gave up. He returned to the country after eight months with a challenge: adapt, so he could continue with his passion, photography.
Galdámez found salvation in photography. Through it he found courage and strength. He adapted and learned to take pictures with his left hand, because he never fully recovered the mobility of his other hand.
When he returned to the country he was informed about his dismissal from Reuters. However, he didn´t accept the decision and sent a letter to the director of Reuters in England, which had a favorable response, so he continued working there until his retirement in 2012.
On the other hand, Galdámez, has received several awards due to his work and participation in photography exhibitions for his series called ¨Los Angeles Fallen, which has been exhibited in various international museums and galleries.
In 1992 he was nominated "Journalist of the Year" by the Legislative Assembly and by the Association of Journalists of El Salvador (APES).