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Lurdes R. Basolí August 3, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Venezuela.
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Caracas, Venezuela 2009

Lurdes R. Basolí (b. 1981, Spain) is a freelance photographer currently based in Barcelona. She has a BA in audiovisual communication from Universitat Ramon Llull, and post-graduate degree in photojournalism from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Lurdes began her professional career in 2005, working for Spanish and American magazines. She later became involved with her own documentary photography projects. Her long-term project about violence in Caracas received the FotoPres’09 grant and was selected in Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña 2008. The work has been part of both individual and group exhibitions, such as the Noorderlicht photo festival in 2009, and received the Inge Morath Magnum Foundation award in 2010.

About the Photograph:

“When I took this picture I didn’t know yet that the story would become a long-term and personal project. I was starting to investigate and document the violence in Caracas, the most dangerous capital city of Latin America. In 2009 there were 19,133 homicides in the country, four times more than in Iraq that same year. Many factors allow this situation to continue. Violence has become a lifestyle between young kids that grow up on the streets of the barrios. Killing each other is the way they solve their problems. In this photograph, the dead man is Johan Manuel Escalona, aged 25, who was shot five times when getting out of a taxi. His friend was killed too. They returned home from partying early in the morning and the murderers were waiting for them, to “solve” the problems they had. In the image, Johan’s brother swears revenge. That night 20 people were killed in Caracas.”

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