2016 Guggenheim Fellow in Film-Video, United States

2016 American Film Institute Best Cinematography, shorts category

2016 Crested Butte Film Festival We All We Got Best Documentary short

2015 Economic Hardship Reporting Project, United States

2015 BMRC Fellow The University of Chicago, United States

2013 Pulitzer Center Grant , United States

2013 Artist Fellowship Illinois Arts Council , United States

2012 The California Endowment Fellowship, United States

2011 Open Society Foundation Audience Engagement Grant, United States

2011 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Arts & Culture, United States

2011 The Chicago Community Arts Assistance Grant, United States

2009 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award , United States


2016 “We All We Got” Tribeca Film Festival New York, NY

2016  Screening "We All We Got"  Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame

2016 “We All We Got” Athens International Film + Video Festival, Athens, OH

2015 “We All We Got” LA International Film Fest, Los Angeles, CA

2015 “We All We Got” The Santa Fe International New Media Festival ,Santa FeNM

2015 “We All We Got” St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis MO


2014 “We All We Got” Red Hook Editions

2012 War is Only Half the Story, Volume V: Too Young to Die After Math Project


2015 Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY

2014 Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts Worcester, MA

2014 Permanent Collection Open Society Foundation, New York, NY

2013 International Museum of Photography Rochester, NY

2008 Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

2008 Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

2004 Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit, MI


2015 Carlos Javier Ortiz “A Thousand Midnights ” Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

2015 Carlos Javier Ortiz “We All We Got” Bronx Documentary Center

2014 Carlos Javier Ortiz “We All We Got” David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, IL

2012 Carlos Javier Ortiz “The Migrant Workers” Leica Gallery , Cologne, Germany


2015 Residual Lives, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

2014 Guns Without Borders Worcester Art Museum , Worcester, MA

2013 Fields/Contre-Champs, Group Exhibition GwinZegal, France

2009 Violent Realities, Gun Violence in the Americas Gage Gallery, Chicago, IL


2015 Rayko Artist in Residence, San Francisco, CA

2014 Latitude Chicago Artist in Residence Chicago, IL

2014 Yale University Urban Ethnography Conference New Haven, CT

2012 The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2012 University of Chicago Chicago, IL

2012 Chicago Ideas Week Chicago, IL

2011 Columbia University Dart Center, Philadelphia , PA


2015 New Yorker Magazine “A Thousand Midnights”: Chicago and the Legacy of the Great Migration

2015 Time Magazine “Families Affected by Gun Violence”

2015 American Photo “ Interview: Carlos Javier Ortiz on We All We Got ”

2015 The Week “ Shining a light on youth violence ”

2015 Slate “ A Look at How Youth Violence Affects Communities in Philadelphia and Chicago ”

2014 The Atlantic “The Case for Reparations”

2013 PHOTO DISTRICT NEWS “Too Young to Die,” by David Walker

2013 CBS Evening News “Photographer Looks at Chicago gun violence ”

2013 NPR “Surviving Tragedy: ‘It Brought Us Closer’”


2015 UC Berkeley Extension Department of Art and Design Adjunct Lecturer

2010-13 Columbia College of Chicago Guest Lecturer Photography