An image from my project on violence in Guatemala was featured in a poster and application for the Open Society Justice Initiative summer school session on human rights litigation. If you are interested in applying for this program, please click here: OSF
I am so thankful to Newsweek picture editor Leah Latella (who is also a rockin' folk singer and musician) for publishing my project,La Vida No Vale Nada, on the effects of violence in post-war Guatemala.
"Last year, there were 34.5 murders for every 100,000 people in the country. That’s a decreased rate from previous years, although the first half of 2013 actually showed an increasing number of murders. Violence still touches far too many lives in Guatemala, where nearly 100 people were murdered each week last year."
Please click on the link above to read the story and to the see the project.
In October I went to the interior of Bahia state, a region far from the turquoise blue waters near the capital of Salvador. The region is hot, and windy. So windy in fact it has become the perfect setting for wind turbines because of its unique constant flow of wind across this region. Please check out the story: In Brazil, the wind is blowing in a new era of renewable energy.
Sergio and I love the same ice cream. Chocolate and hazelnut.
The "Father of Brazilian furniture," they say, Mr Rodrigues pioneered the transformation of industrial design in Brazil. The shoot was for Last Meal column, which featured his favorite restaurant and dish, in his native city of Rio de Janeiro.
Story on the women pacification police in Rio de Janeiro.
Las Guerreras de las Favelas - "These women fought two fights: one against the crime and the another against sexism. Until 30 years ago women couldn't not be police officers in Rio de Janeiro, but now, after a long struggle, some of them lead the most ambitious operation to pacify the city."
I love the process of things in the making, whether through photography, food, surfing, winemaking or, at Anchor Distillery, whiskey distilling. Catch a great story on the craft in the Fall issue of Whiskey Advocate.
Craft whiskey distilling got off to an uneven start in America. There were a couple of early pioneers 20 years back and more, like Anchor, Clear Creek, and St. George, that we were quite excited about at the time. Microbrewing was taking off, now it was going to be microdistilling, and every town would soon have a brewery and a distillery—at least one—making wonderful stuff that every right-thinking person would drink all the time." - Lew Bryson, writer
She's the head of a plant genetics lab at UC Davis; he teaches organic farming there. They're married (with kids), and they coauthored, Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food.
Residents of Largo do Tanque were forced from their homes in Rio de Janeiro’s West Zone, to make room for the Transcarioca Highway, that will eventually be built to accommodate the 2016 Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.
In less than 2 weeks, 54 houses were demolished. The City advisor responsible for payment compensation, told residents not to speak with one another or seek legal advice otherwise he would reduce settlement offers. Many residents agreed to compensations, around R$7000 (US$3500), not nearly enough to afford to buy a plot of land.
According to the Brazilian Constitution, residents have legal rights to their homes, while compensation should allow them to attain an equal situation elsewhere.
The West Zone, located west of downtown and beach neighborhoods is often overlooked and is widely known to be run by militia groups, who are former and current police and firefighter personnel that run extortion rings to monopolies.
This photo essay documents one day in the life of an eviction to show how fleeting a home can be.