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Micheal Robinson Chavez August 3, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in El Salvador.
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San Salvador, 2006

Michael Robinson Chavez (b.1969, USA) has been a photographer at The Los Angeles Times since 2007. Prior to that, he worked for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and the Associated Press. In addition to photographing local stories and events, he has covered wide-ranging international assignments in over 45 countries. Michael won the Scripps Howard Foundation National Award for Photojournalism in 2008 was featured in the 2009 PDN  Photography Annual. He has twice been named Photographer of the Year by The White House News Photographers’ Association and received an Award of Excellence as Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 2008 by Pictures of the Year International. His work has been exhibited widely, including the Visa Pour l’image festival in France, the Newseum, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

About the Photograph:

“I was on assignment for The Washington Post working on a series of stories about El Salvador. We were mainly focusing on the horrific violence that has gripped the city for the last few years as gangs wage war in the eastern barrios of the capital. The city center is an amazing place: a beehive of activity during the day and empty and dangerous at night. Around twilight I was walking the streets looking for photographs when I came across the woman dressed in a shawl adorned with this gold crown. I made a few frames, including this one, and then asked her why she was wearing it. “For the glory of God,” she told me. A devout evangelist, she is indicative of a major movement in Latin America: the exodus from the Catholic church to evangelical faiths. I ended up working on a story about an evangelical church in San Salvador, the second largest in the world.”

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