David Schonauer

Spotlight: A Moment from Colombian Photographer David Betancur's Travel Journal

By David Schonauer   Wednesday February 12, 2020

David Betancur travels in order to find "character and scenarios." The Colombian photographer's portfolio is filled with people he finds on assignment and on his excursions throughout his country, which he records in what he calls "a sort of travel journal." Among the images in his journal is a shot of a girl resting on the edge of an abandoned swimming pool. "She told …   Read the full Story >>

Spotlight: Discovering a New Life and Vision in Valparaiso, Chile

By David Schonauer   Monday October 7, 2019

Eleonore Simon moved to Valparaiso, Chile in 2016. "I needed a fresh start and decided to spend time with my family who had settled in Chile the same year. I didn't speak a word of Spanish and I was only planning on spending a few weeks there before returning to New York," she says. Instead, she ended up staying. "Valparaiso's charm and grittiness instantly …   Read the full Story >>

Spotlight: Returning to Colombia, and Returning to Street Photography

By David Schonauer   Wednesday September 25, 2019

The year was 2017. After a decade of living as an expatriate in Canada, Oscar LaVerde had returned to Colombia. The country had just held a referendum on whether the government should sign a peace treaty with FARC rebels, ending a half century of civil war. "The 'NO' vote won by a tiny margin, and my heart was torn apart," recalls LaVerde. He consoled …   Read the full Story >>

Honor Roll: World Press Photo Announces Latest 6X6 Talent Program Winners

By David Schonauer   Thursday September 12, 2019

Today, a spotlight on new talent: The World Press Photo Foundation has announced the six photographers chosen for the second round of its 6X6 Talent Program in South America. The program spotlights under-recognized visual storytellers from six different regions around the world who have been singled out by an international group of nominators. The six talents from South American chosen in this round are …   Read the full Story >>

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