Lourdes Grobet spent three decades photographing Mexicoâ€™s wildly popular professional wrestling, documenting the lives of the fighters inside and outside the ring. The excesses, roughness, and fragility of this sport are captured by her lens.
Janet Jarman, an award winning American photographer based in Mexico, and Mario BellatĂn, one of Latin America’s most important experimental writers, collaborate on this essay about anguish and solitude in the big city.
Eniac MartĂnez shows his vision of Mexico City, comprised of a series of images shot during the production of the movie Vivir Mata (Living Kills). A conversation with a creator who makes experimentation a method and work a destination.
Monda Photo, Mexico’s most respected photography collective, brings us an essay about the controversial Santa Muerte religious sect in the Tepito barrio, accompanied by an insightful article by Laura Emilia Pacheco.
The womenâ€™s prison is more than the place where society hides its errors. The prison warehouses hundreds of stories of abandonment, abuse, and unconditional love; stories echoed by woman after woman.
Over several years, Federico Gama documented the lives of cholos in Mexico City, a community descended from the Chicanos which embodies, like no other, the cross cultural fusion that distinguishes North America.
What does it mean to be a woman? Moya Goded’s career has, in part, been a search for an answer. She looked not among virgins or maternal figures, but among the broken exponents of a gender that is accustomed to enduring.
Rather than documenting underworlds or the marginalized, he decided to turn his lens on an unexplored territory for photography: the well-to-do. An essay that recounts the daily life of a group of friends in Mexico City
In his series Urban Archeology, Ernesto RamĂrez sheds light upon everything that Mexico city produces, abandons, and rejects. The crushed cans, the broken corners, and the chipped murals create a nostalgic scenery.
From mountains, planes, and rooftops, Pablo LĂłpez Luz has diligently photographed the overwhelming and chaotic growth of Mexico City. The result is â€śTerrazzo,â€ť a revealing workâ€”close and distant at the same time.
Mexico City faces tremendous water challengesâ€”overexploitation of groundwater, poor water quality, subsidence, flooding, inadequate wastewater treatment, and health concerns about the reuse of wastewater in agriculture.
Pictures of the Year International (POYi) and Nuestra Mirada announce the creation of a new and exciting contest for Latin American visual journalists. The first competition, organized by Loup Langton and Pablo Corral Vega, will be judged by a jury of internationally recognized judges in January 2011. Stay tuned for more information.
Greetings from Miami
About 2 years ago we began on the somewhat uncharted path of creating a social network of Latin American photographers with the purpose of ultimately creating an online platform for sharing the best work from the region. Thanks to the tremendous work done by Pablo Corral Vega and collaborators, first during his tenure as a Resident Professional at the Knight Center for International Media and then well beyond that time period, we are beginning to see the first results of the effort. The initial issues of Revistanuestramirada focus on the great cities of Latin America in coordination with the Knight Centerâ€™s anchor project on cities.
Living in North America it is easy to form the impression that the best visual stories are being told by people who live here in the U.S. The online world provides unique opportunities for accessing and sharing the compelling work of writers and photographers in their own environment. Nuestramirada and its resultant online magazine are intended to harness the power of local storytellers for a global audience. It is an effort to highlight the fact that human beings everywhere have a need to tell their stories, and to validate the assumption that these stories add tremendous value and context to our understanding of the world.
I am grateful and privileged to be associated with the evolution of this exciting endeavor.
The Knight Center for International Media, our sponsor, has a special interest in promoting journalism projects that are related to the United Nation’s Millennium Goals. Within this framework, we decided to assign an article about water problems in Mexico City. We asked Janet Jarman, an American photographer living in Mexico, to complete a photo essay for Nuestra Mirada that she had been working on for several years. This piece is complemented by an investigation by RaĂşl Tortolero, winner of the UN’s National Journalism Prize.