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Spotlight: Documenting the Life of a Mexican Transsexual Saved by Opera

By David Schonauer   Thursday June 13, 2019

She was born as Saul, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In 2012, she ended her transition to Morganna and took up a new life as a singer. "She had no support at all from her very traditional family," says Mexico City-based photographer Annick Donkers. "She had lived in two worlds and hid her true self. Music saved her life and was her way ...   Read the full Story >>

Books: Giorgio Negro Records the "Pathos" of Latin America

By David Schonauer   Wednesday May 22, 2019

Giorgio Negro doesn't consider himself a documentary photography. "I photograph what I like without the objective of documenting a specific subject," he told one interviewer. Rather, he calls himself "a sort of random/anarchic photographer." Negro's image of a Peruvian village that was once attacked by Shining Path rebels was named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 7 competition. The image ...   Read the full Story >>

Spotlight: Griselda San Martin Looks at the Immigrants of "Puebla York"

By David Schonauer   Tuesday May 14, 2019

Welcome to Puebla York. It's not a place you will find on a map. Nonetheless, documentary photographer Griselda San Martin has been photographing its boundaries and culture for the past six years. "Well over 50 percent of Mexican migrants in New York come from the state of Puebla, in Central Mexico," notes San Martin, whose work often focuses on the issues of immigration ...   Read the full Story >>

Spotlight: Liese A. Ricketts Captures Faith and Fear in Peru

By David Schonauer   Wednesday May 8, 2019

After college, Liese A. Ricketts moved to Peru, where her father was born. She married and had two children but eventually returned to the United States to complete her MFA in photography and went on to teach photography. She returns to Peru regularly, though, and in 2016 she was in Lima for the month of El Senor De Los Milagros, an important religious celebration ...   Read the full Story >>

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