David Schonauer

Spotlight: Brazilian Photographer Jose Roberto Bassul

Jose Roberto Bassul   Wednesday January 25, 2017

José Roberto Bassul is both an architect and photographer, and he lives in a place that is splendid for both of those pursuits: Brasilia, Brazil. Bassul’s photographic work focuses on urbanism and contemporary aspects of urban life, as well as the famous buildings of the city. One of his series, for instance, captures a social cross-section of people waiting at bus stops; another, titled “Brasilia: a brief essay on solitude,” captures the shapes of Brasilia’s architecture in black and white.   Read the full Story >>

Motion Art: Wrestling with the Ladies of "Luchadora"

Short of the Week   Wednesday January 25, 2017

Set in the world of Mexico’s popular Lucha Libre wrestling, the 11-minute documentary Luchadora is the story of an athlete struggling to compete while simultaneously providing for herself and her family. The athlete, in this case, is a woman going by the name of Luna Mágica, whose real-life persona, notes Short of the Week, “is far more grounded than that of her theatrical alter ego." Director River Finlay became fascinated by Lucha Libre while living in Latin America as a woman’s health expert.   Read the full Story >>

In Focus, 2: Photographing Rio's Gangland

BuzzFeed   Wednesday January 25, 2017

Photographer  João Pina’s  images of life in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and the impact of gangs in the city, shot over the past nine years, “stands out for its elegant juxtapositions of violence and everyday life,” notes BuzzFeed. “It is a portrait of my experience of a city that is beautiful, but has been ignored in many aspects,” Pina says, describing his project in an interview. “I am going to the ignored aspects, turning my lens on that. Life has a different meaning in those areas.”   Read the full Story >>

In Focus, 1: Caracas, Tormented by Day, Terrified by Night

The Washington Post   Wednesday January 25, 2017

Death is one of the few things you are guaranteed to find in Venezuela, notes photojournalist Alejandro Cegarra, who was born in Caracas and lives there now as he creates a portrait of the crumbling country. In a powerful essay at the Washington Post, Cegarra writes that violence permeates everyday life in the city. “In the streets, gangs clash with one another, with the police and with the army. Sometimes, police even clash among themselves. All of these factions wield power and abuse it.”   Read the full Story >>

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