David Schonauer

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 >>

Spotlight: Carloman Macidiano Cespedes Riojas's Artful Autobiography

By David Schonauer   Monday February 26, 2018

"Photography has been my medicine to cure the heart." So says Carloman Macidiano Cespedes Riojas, a Peru-born photographer who for the past 13 years has lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cespedes Riojas creates images that, he says, are inspired by real events in his life, one of which has been honored as a finalist in the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards and as a ...   Read the full Story >>

Spotlight: Oliver Herrera Photographs a Victim of Police Violence in Venezuela

By David Schonauer   Monday February 12, 2018

Last June, Venezuelan photographer Oliver Herrera shot a remarkable portrait of a young woman named Kim, who had recently been injured by police during student protests against the Venezuela government. "She just was trying to help an injured student on the floor when a policemen shot her with pellets in her arms and head," says Herrera. Kim, who had modeled for Herrera previously, asked ...   Read the full Story >>

Tomas Ayuso Photographs Josefina, Fleeing Toward an Uncertain Future

By David Schonauer   Friday January 26, 2018

Tomas Ayuso met Josefina on the road. Ayuso is a photojournalist from Honduras who specializes in covering migration issues, and his portrait of Josefina, a transgender Honduran displaced in Mexico, was selected as a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 6 competition. Josefina had escaped a wretched past and was waiting to receive her asylum papers in southern Mexico, living openly as a woman ...   Read the full Story >>

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