I had the pleasure to see the work I did on assignment for The Wall Street Journal screened during the professional week of the International Festival of Photojournalism Visa pour l'Image 2019 (France). In Novembre 2018. I followed two migrant caravans on the Guatemala-Mexico borders.
On The Washington Post, some pictures of the project about former gang members.
I’m still working on the story but now in a global perspective about El Salvador, integrating also the topic of Migration. More soon………
In Sight, the Washington Post Photo blog, publshed part of my story about former gang members in El Salvador. I was really happy to see the beautiful edit of Chloe Coleman, from the International photo desk, Several photos I love never published before.
On July 26, 2019, several tens of thousands of people walked in Colombia, calling on the government to find a way to stop the murders of social leaders. Between January 2016 and February 2019, 462 social leaders were killed according to the State Ombudsman (Defensoria del Pueblo). Here some pictures.
Published on The Globe and Mail
On assignment for The Wall Street Journal between Oct. 30 - Nov 04, 2018 at the Guatemala-Mexico border to follow the migrant caravans.
20 fotógrafos is a meeting of photographers organized each year in some part of Latin America by Colectivo +1, a collective of Colombian photographers. This year, was in Concepción (Bolivia). The idea is really simple and very effective: a group of 20 tutors is developing each one a project with 2 students and under the support of 5 editors. It means for one week around 100 people all fascinated by photography are sharing experiences and anlysis, practices, good ideas and errors or failure. So, it’s a big camp and for me as a tutor, with, well three students, Vanessa Terán,Juan Manuel Lobatón, and Andrés Stani Jablonski, it was a rewarding experience. Our project was about a local myth, the Jichi, and our editor was Magdalena Herrera..
Have a look to the project here: https://www.20fotografos.com/equipo-1-magdalena-herrera
or the video in Youtube (but the interview are missing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfkWeOaa1W4&feature=youtu.be
In New York for one week, for the workshop given by Women Photograph, and Washington next for few days.
On Thursday 6 September 2018, I had the pleasure to have the story in-progress I am doing about former gang members in el Salvador, to be screened at Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan (France). More than 70 pictures. Can’t be there this year… I hope in 2019!
Here a screen shot of the video:
On August 21-22, 2018, I followed with Marie Delcas Venezuelan migrants at the border between Colombia and Ecuador.
The online story: https://www.lemonde.fr/ameriques/article/2018/08/24/a-la-frontiere-colombo-equatorienne-le-desarroi-des-migrants-venezueliens_5345605_3222.html
And here the online portfolio I did during the assignment: https://www.lemonde.fr/ameriques/portfolio/2018/08/24/le-desarroi-des-migrants-venezueliens-a-la-frontiere-colombo-equatorienne_5345748_3222.html
Again with Linnea Fehrm, our story about former gang members published on the Sunday edition of the Swedish newspaper.
Reportage with Linnea Fehrm at La Gotera Jail where all the 1500 inmates, former gang members, are converted to Christinaity. I took the pictures on April 19, 2018 in this jail. And it was perhaps one of the most surprising place I was, with a total contrast between tattoo and bible, crime and redemption.
This summer, between July 8 and August 31, I am really happy and honored to have my pictures exhibited with 9 other female photographers coming from every part of the world to the @festivalpilours
Many thanks to the organizers, to create a so powerful proposal and value the work of female photographers, @josephinelrx and to Stéphane Archambault.
The Pil’Ours festival is also a humanitarian photo festival. The money raised during the festival will go for two humanitarian projects.
Nine other Women photographers are exhibited:
- Maysun: www.maysun.eu @maysun_photo
- Maan Y. Vantae Tjjani: @maan_yai
- Hannah Reyes Morales : www.hannah.ph @hannahreyesmorales
- Alexia Webster: www.alexiawebster.com @alexiawebster
- Emily Garthwaite: www.emilygarthwaite.com @emilygarthwaite
- Sanja Knezevic: www.sanja-knezevic.com @sanja_knezevic_photography
- Maika Elan: www.maikaelan.com @maikaelan
- Shiho Fukada: www.shihofukada.com @shihofukada
- Yagazie Emezi: www.yagazieemezi.com @yagazieemezi
One year ago in April 2017, when I heard about the former gang members converted to Christianity, it was something really strange and new for me, something I never thank about. To be honest I came to El Salvador with the idea of no working on the "gang issue". Three months later I came back to El Salvador to discover an unknown world.
This story, first published with Stern Crime here, has been and continue to be more than a reportage. Because I approached and tried to understand the complexity into which El Salvador is caught. And first at all the young people, caught in a war without name. For those who were affiliated to a gang and search to go out, there is few options to change their life. There is no specific public policy, except repression. Only some evangelical churches open their doors. Here comes a part of the story.
On Courrier International, at the time of the presidential election in Colombia
New collaboration with Steven Grattan, this time in Choc1 department, following a workshop with young people from popular neighborhoods, to broke invisible borderlines and violence cycles.
visit the page with Steven' article, and here some of the pictures published, other from the story: