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Latin American Fotografia: Bear Guerra Photographs Ecuador's Cofan Community

By David Schonauer   Wednesday March 29, 2017

Los Angeles-based photographer Roberto Bear Guerra, a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 5 competition, recently journeyed along the Aguarico River in eastern Ecuador to document the lives of the indigenous Cofan community with anthropologist Michael Cepek. The Cofan, notes Cepek, have over the decades suffered "invasion, enslavement, missionization, and epidemic disease." Guerra's work shows they don't fit into Western stereotypes.   Read the full Story >>

DFLA Spotlight: A Tribute to Resilient Haitian Art and Artists

Frantz Michaud    Wednesday March 29, 2017

New York-based commercial and fine-art photographer (and DFLA reader) Frantz Michaud calls his new book Colorful Dreams of Haiti/Rêver d'Haïti en Couleur  an “hommage to a resilient Haiti and to the prestige and indestructibility of Haitian art.” Michaud’s photographs touch on the various corners of Haiti, focusing on artwork, Haitian artists, major personalities in the world of Haitian art and culture, and institutions. French and English texts by physician and writer Dr Jean-Robert Léonidas examine the history of Haitian art. “It is meant to value the artistic glory of Haiti and to deservingly honor Haitian artists and sculptors,” notes Michaud.  Read the full Story >>

In Focus, 1: Unearthing Justice in El Salvador

The New York Times   Wednesday March 29, 2017

In 1981, a year into a bloody civil war in El Salvador, a U.S.-trained counterinsurgency force killed more than 900 men, women and children in El Mozote and surrounding villages. It was the worst atrocity in a conflict marked by torture, executions and disappearances, notes The New York Times. Last December, on the 35th anniversary of the massacre, photographer James Rodriguez  traveled to eastern El Salvador to document the proper burial of remains that had been exhumed.   Read the full Story >>

In Focus, 2: Growing Up Amid Violence in Guatemala

feature shoot   Wednesday March 29, 2017

“In the northern zones of Guatemala City, every school kid will know someone who’s been killed in the past year or so in gang violence,” says photojournalist Souvid Datta  at Feature Shoot. Datta, who last summer was embedded with Peshmerga forces in Iraq, more recently spent five weeks in Guatemala City, which has one of the highest homicide rates in the world. His goal wasn’t to document violence, however. “I was more interested in the psychological reality for people living there,” he says.   Read the full Story >>

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