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Photo sale to benefit Ecuador's Cofán Survival Fund by Ruxandra Guidi

Our print sale with photos by Bear Guerra is still on until the end of the year! We will ship the prints (exhibition quality, archival pigment ink print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper) to the recipient, with 60% of all proceeds going directly to the Cofan Survival Fund and their work in the field in the Ecuadorian Amazon basin. 

You can order prints here.

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Bear's photos to appear in new book, "Life in Oil" by Bear Guerra

Bear Guerra has been traveling and working alongside anthropologist, writer and dear friend Michael Cepek in Cofán indigenous communities in the Ecuadorean Amazon. His beautiful portrait of Roberto, Alejandro and Lucia Criollo graces the cover (plus more than 40 of his documentary images are inside) in Michael's new book, "Life in Oil," which tells the history and consequences of the oil industry from a Cofán perspective.

 

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A Trip Through Ecuador’s Cofán Community  by Bear Guerra

Bear's collaboration with anthropologist Michael Cepek last year sees the light in this photo and print essay out in Pacific Standard Magazine:

"The more than 500 Cofán people who live in Dureno don’t fit most Western stereotypes of how native Amazonians are supposed to look or act. They don’t wear loincloths or paint their bodies. They don’t lounge around in hammocks and play wooden flutes all day... To most outsiders, the Cofán don’t look indigenous — they look poor and defeated."

Photographing Ecuador's Cofán community by Bear Guerra

Bear recently traveled to the Cofán community of Dureno (in the Ecuadorean Amazon) with our friend and collaborator, anthropologist Michael Cepek, who is working on a book, "Life in Oil," which describes the history and consequences of the oil industry from a Cofán perspective. Their collaboration will be out sometime next year.

Photo by Michael Cepek.

Photo by Michael Cepek.


Indigenous Residents of Lima's Cantagallo Shantytown Confront an Uncertain Future by Bear Guerra

The pueblo joven, or shantytown, of Cantagallo sits atop a former landfill in Lima, wedged between a freeway and the Rímac River. Founded in 2000 by roughly 15 indigenous Shipibo families who were part of a mass exodus of Amazonian immigrants pushed out of their communities by logging, illegal mining and infrastructure development in the Amazon Basin, Cantagallo grew into an important center of indigenous identity and culture in Peru’s capital — an example of how an indigenous community could navigate urban life without losing its roots.

This piece was done with the support of The International Reporting Project. Read the rest of it here