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Andrew Cutraro July 16, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Venezuela.
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President Hugo Chavez, Venezuela

Andrew Cutraro is a freelance photojournalist based in Washington, D.C. He is represented by the Aurora Photo Agency. He is the recipient of numerous industry awards and photo exhibitions. Cutraro’s work has been published in Newsweek, Harper’s, Life, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. A Native of Milwaukee, he studied documentary photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Western Kentucky University. Most recently, as a staff photographer for seven years at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he was assigned to the paper’s special projects team that covered stories across the U.S. as well as in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Israel, Gaza, and Vietnam.

About the Photograph:

“President Hugo Chavez will no doubt be remembered as one of the great icons of our time. He is great to photograph because he is wildly charismatic, charming, and most importantly for a photographer: totally comfortable with himself. I made this photograph during a four-hours-long news conference at the presidential palace, Miraflores. Chavez is notorious for his long speeches. Reporters at the event regularly left the news conference for smoke breaks while the president was talking. I have seen Castro speak for hours too, but Chavez is different. He is more entertaining, engaging, and aware. He is an incredibly gifted orator. You don’t even need to speak Spanish to be drawn in to his gravity and presence. Moments before this photograph was taken, I was in a brawl with thieves on the subway platform outside the palace. Caracas is a wonderfully strange place.”