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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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Eros Hoagland March 26, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in El Salvador.

Three generations of Salvadoran women, San Salvador 2005

Eros Hoagland began working as a photojournalist in 1993 covering the aftermath of El Salvador’s civil war. He has continued to work in countries stained with violence and un-rest across the globe including Iraq, Haiti, Mexico and Colombia. As well as documenting the political climate and social impact of conflict, Eros looks for an emotional narrative when approaching reportage projects. Themes are just as important as issues to Eros’ photography.

Hoagland is represented by Redux Pictures and is a member of Metro Collective.

About The Photograph:

“A typical street scene in the desperate colonias of San Salvador: A women in her 50’s sells sundries, a young girl close to her side, and a teenage gang member – probably a sister and niece to the others. The eldest woman will tell twenty-year-old tales of bodies left mutilated in the streets, an essential by-product of counterinsurgency war tactics. The middle girl is weary of assassins from rival gangs sneaking into her barrio looking to do a murder, or ski-masked police who haul off her homeboys in the back of double cabin pick-up trucks. And the youngest watches it all go down, quietly waiting her turn to make her own irreversible life decisions”.