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Lucas Mulder April 29, 2009

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Day of the Dead, Zunil, Guatemala 2008

Lucas Mulder (b. 1973, Canada) is an independent photographer currently based in Central America where he is working with various local non-profit organizations as well as focusing on personal projects related to agriculture, food, and religion. Lucas is a founding member of Ballad Photo, a photo cooperative based in Canada, and is the Artistic Director of Voces de Cambio, a program for teenage girls in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala that works to foster self-confidence and creative growth through writing and photography.

About the Photograph:

“This image was taken during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Zunil, a small, largely indigenous village in the southern highlands of Guatemala. In the weeks leading up to November 1st the cemetery is slowly transformed from rows of simple tombs to an incredibly lush, and vibrant sea of plant fronds, flowers and candles. Entire families spend days cleaning, painting, and finally decorating the tombs of their family members. By the end of their work the tombs are engulfed in the bright red leaves of Rooster’s Tail, highlighted with countless votives, and wreaths of Chrysanthemums, Lilies and Poinsettia. Family members then begin holding vigils at the grave site, sharing meals together, remembering their loved ones, and receiving guests as they come to pay their respects. For some the moment is clearly sombre, but for others it’s joyous, a chance to come together and celebrate family, both living and dead.”

Søren Østerlund February 16, 2009

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Chaculá, Guatemala 2007

After graduating from The Danish School of Art Photography [1998-1999] in Copenhagen Søren Østerlund [b.1975, Danish] enrolled in the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at the International Center of Photograph [1997-1998] in New York.  Søren also attended the Danish School of Journalism [2004-2008] and is currently working as freelance photographer in Denmark.  Søren has completely projects on Fussball in Europe and shoots portraits for magazines in Denmark.

About the Photograph:

“The boy on the right, Andres, has cancer, so the family are in great debt. Andres and his father must travel for a day each way to the hospital for his treatment. The oldest son is working illegal in the states and sending some of his sparse income home. But they can’t afford the hospital bills. His father told me: Maybe if Andres gets to be educated at the hospital, we can pay back the money that way. The photograph is a part of a project I made in a village called Chaculá. I wanted to document how the traditions of the indigeonous people are being challenged by the inluence of north-American lifestyle and the search for a better life.”

Steven St. John January 9, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Guatemala, United States.
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Repeat offenders, Columbus New Mexico

Steven St. John (b. 1977) worked as an assistant picture editor and staff photographer at his home town newspaper, The Albuquerque Tribune until it ceased publication in 2008. His work has been recognized multiple times by such organizations as the National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year International, the Associated Press, and the Scripps Journalism Awards. In July of 2008, he moved to Guatemala to study Spanish while pursuing personal projects and freelance opportunities in Latin America. His Spanish is OK, but he misses New Mexico green chile and his mom.

About the Photograph:

“This photo comes from a reportage I worked on about the situation along the U.S.-Mexican border. The processing station in Columbus is really just a double-wide trailer in the desert, it’s most prominent feature the enormous framed American flag. I had photographed larger groups of immigrants in the area, but came back later to find this Guatemalan mother and her 10-year-old daughter sitting alone awaiting processing. Border patrol officials classified them as repeat offender OTM’s (other than Mexican) after they were caught trying to cross for the second time. When the reporter I worked with on the series, told me that they were from Guatemala, I tried to connect with them up saying I had visited their country. The mothers response was that so many people travel to her county, she didn’t understand why she isn’t allowed into mine. Now, just a few years later, I’m living in Guatemala documenting the conditions of poverty that they were trying to flee.”

David Walter Banks May 20, 2008

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David Walter Banks (b 1982) is an Atlanta based photographer specializing in editorial and commercial photography through conceptual portraiture and documentary work. David attempts to create images that transcend their everyday context and lean towards the surreal. David’s clients include The New York Times, Stern Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Fader Magazine, Golf Digest, Spin Magazine, XXL Magazine, Sporting News, and Interscope Records among others. When not on assignment, David can be found photographing personal work and hanging out with his dog Highland.

About the Photograph:

This photograph was made while traveling through Guatemala and documenting it’s people and culture for a month with photographer Kendrick Brinson. The image was taken during a religious processional around the Parque Central in Antigua, Guatemala. The processional followed a cacophony of firecrackers which covered the street of the town’s square. This old man playing the flute and young boy playing the drum led the the candlelit procession as they chanted and played instruments on New Year’s Day. David also documented the epidemic of childhood malnutrition in the country during the same trip.

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