David Schonauer

Honor Roll: World Press Photo Selects Six Emerging South American Photographers

By David Schonauer   Monday April 9, 2018

"There is no shortage of visual talent around the world, but some people are better known than others. To develop a new and more diverse visual representation of the world, we need to locate, recognize and share the best work." That is the directive behind the World Press Photo organization's 6x6 Global Talent program, which spotlights six new talents drawn from one of ...   Read the full Story >>

Spotlight: Capturing Mexico From a Personal Perspective

By David Schonauer   Monday April 2, 2018

Juan De La Cruz sees no needs to make perfect sense of the world. "I prefer not to make rational what is irrational," he says. De La Cruz, who lives in Veracruz, Mexico, was named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 6 competition for "The Labyrinth," a complex project in which, as he puts it, "I've been capturing and filtering my personal ...   Read the full Story >>

Trending: The Unknown Beauty of Afro-Mexicans

By David Schonauer   Monday March 19, 2018

Until three years, Afro-Mexicans didn't officially exist. It wasn't until a 2015 census that Mexico acknowledged the 1.38 million citizens of African descent living in the country, and, noted the British Journal of Photography recently, despite that belated recognition, Afro-Mexican people remain on the fringes of Mexican society. BJP spotlighted Cecile Smetana Baudier, a French Danish photographer whose series "Diaspora; Costa ...   Read the full Story >>

Spotlight: Carlos Becerra Captures the Cult of Maria Lionza

By David Schonauer   Monday March 12, 2018

In 2014, Caracas-based photographer Carlos Becerra began traveling to Sorte, the mountain in western Venezuela that is home to the cult of Maria Lionza, a deity with indigenous, African and Christian roots whose followers can be found throughout Venezuelan society. For some, the religion, a sort of Santeria in which devotees enter trancelike states and perform traditional rituals like walking on embers, can seem ...   Read the full Story >>

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