Top 10 Latin American Photographers To Watch

@ Alejandro Cartagena

This week we want to feature the most talented emerging photographers from the Latin American continent.

Obviously, this is not the full list. It has some famous names as well as several IPA winners. If you think we missed someone, leave us a comment on Facebook and we will include them.

In no particular order, here are 10 Latin American Photographers to watch.

Alejandro Cegarra, Venezuela

Alejandro Cegarra was born in 1989, in Caracas, Venezuela, which is the city he still calls home. He began studying photography 4 years ago in the “Roberto Mata Taller de Fortografia” or “Roberto Mata Photography Workshop,” while at the same time studying Publicity at Alejandro de Humboldt University.

After working for a year at an advertising agency called “Creative Army” and only viewing photography as a hobby, he decided to pursue photography more fully. In 2012 he started filling in for other photographers at the largest newspaper in Venezuela, “Ultimas Noticias” or “Latest News.” Simultaneously he worked for two other newspapers, “Ciudad Caracas” and “2001,” returning as a full-time employee of “Ultimas Noticias” in 2013. In November of the same year until 2015, Alejandro worked as a stringer for Associated Press in Caracas.

Lucila Blumencweig, Argentina

Lucila is a professional photographer based in Argentina.

She works in fashion, advertising, and commercial photography

Mara Sanchez Renero

Mara studied photography at Istitut d ‘Estudis fotogràfic de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. During her studies she worked as 1rs assistant of the photographer Maria Espeus. Since 2009 has been working as a freelance photographer in Barcelona and Mexico. Co-founder of the collectives Malocchio and PHACTO “Espacio de Acción Fotográfica” in Barcelona.

Her work has been exhibited in festivals such as: PhotoEspaña, SevillaFoto, Trafic, and ZaragozaPhoto. In 2010 The Private Space Books published the book “Handbook”, a project conducted by her in collaboration with Nico Baixas. In 2011 was exhibit her project “Forasteros” in the cultural festival Tajín, Mexico. She currently lives and works in Mexico City.

James Rodriguez, Guatemala

Raised in Mexico City, James moved to the Los Angeles area for High School. He graduated from UCLA in 1996 with a B.A. degree in Cultural Geography.

In 2004 James moved to Guatemala as a human rights observer with Peace Brigades International. In 2006 he developed as a long-term online project focused on documenting post-war processes, human rights abuses, land tenure and social conflicts caused by extractive industries in Guatemala and the region.

Olmo Calvo

Olmo Calvo began photographing for the newspaper Molotov in 2001 while studying for his advanced Diploma Program in Image Studies in Madrid. Afterwards, in 2004, he was part of the founding committee of the newspaper Diagonal, acting as head of the photography department. Concurrently, he continued his training, thanks to scholarships granted by the Regional Government of Cantabria, studying photojournalism and digital editing at Agencia Cover’s PhotoEscuela in Madrid and the Motivarte Photography School of Buenos Aires.

Sebastian Castañeda, Peru

Sebastian Castaneda was born in Lima in 1970. He graduated from law school at the University of Lima in 1999, and since 2002, is dedicated to photography. Working as a photojournalist in EPENSA between 2004 and 2005, and in El Comercio between 2005 and 2014. Sebastian has done assignments throughout Latin America as well as in Canada, USA In the Middle East it has covered Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. Currently working with news agencies AFP, AP, Al Jazeera and Turkish Anadolu agency. The main stories are covering the war in Iraq in 2014, the Syrian armed conflict in 2013, violence in Sidon, Lebanon in 2013, the 2012 elections in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez’s funeral in 2013, the Dakar Rally in their editions 2012 and 2013, the 2007 earthquake in Peru, the earthquake in Chile in 2010, Voodoo ceremonies in Haiti in 2010 and 2011, Occupy Wall Street in New York in 2011, terrorism in Peru in 2012, the social situation and Cuba policy in 2012.

Oscar B. Castillo, Venezuela

Oscar B. Castillo was born in Caracas on March 4th 1981 and has lived a rich life. Growing up, he never lived with his parents and was expelled from four schools. Castillo is a freelance documentary photographer and a member of Fractures Photo Collective.

Rodrigo Abd, Argentina

Rodrigo Abd was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on October 27, 1976. His career began as a staff photographer at La Razón and La Nación newspapers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 1999 to 2003. Since 2003 he has been a staff photographer for the Associated Press based in Guatemala, with the exception of 2006, when he was based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Rodrigo has worked on AP special assignments covering the political turmoil in Bolivia in 2003 and Haiti in 2004. He also covered Venezuela’s presidential elections in 2007 and 2012, and the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. In 2010, he has twice been embedded with US troops in the Kandahar province, Afghanistan. In 2011 he covered the political conflict in Lybia. In 2012 he covered the Syrian armed conflict.

Alejandro Cartagena, Mexico

Alejandro lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His projects employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collections of several museums including the SFMOMA, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Museum of Fine arts Houston, the Portland Museum of Art, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Rio, Brazil, the Fototeca de Nuevo Leon, Mexico and the Fototeca Nacional in Pachuca, Mexico.

Nicolas Janowski, Argentina

Nicolas Janowski covers various social issues from the Latin American continent with a very personal touch. His work has been featured in NY Times Lens Blog, De Spiegel, Burn Magazine, Emaho Magazine , Lugares and Rolling Stone among others.

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