David Schonauer

Spotlight: Ana Vallejo's Portrait of Life in the Slums of Bogota

By David Schonauer   Tuesday February 26, 2019

San German is a slum on the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia. There, notes Colombian documentary photographer Ana Vallejo, live many of the vulnerable members of society: "Victims of the armed conflict, ex-guerilla members, natives and afros displaced from all over the country." In 2016 she began documenting the people who live in San German for a series called "Entre Nubes" ("Between Clouds"). Her portrait …   Read the full Story >>

Spotlight: Alfredo Esparza Examines Lands Once "Conquered" by Humans

By David Schonauer   Wednesday February 20, 2019

Alfredo Esparza's photography career is tied to pecan trees. Esparza, who is based in Torreon, Mexico, is a teacher and curator, as well as a professional photographer. But, he notes, the one job that gives him "economic tranquility" is pruning pecan trees. "During the pruning season, we move through vast territories of my country," he says. While traveling, he began paying attention to areas …   Read the full Story >>

Spotlight: Fran Antmann Among the Maya Healers of Guatemala

By David Schonauer   Monday February 11, 2019

It began with the father of medical anthropology. Benjamin Paul wrote on a variety of subjects in the field of Mayan ethnography, from bone setting and midwifery to coffee production, education and the emergence of an indigenous tradition of painting. His daughter, Janie Paul, told her college roommate, photographer Fran Antmann, about the Guatemalan village of San Pedro la Laguna, where her father worked …   Read the full Story >>

Dispatches from Latin America