Bear Guerra is amongst the winners of American Photography's Latin American Fotografía awards this year with three photos -- two documenting the protests against Rafael Correa in Ecuador, and a portrait of Olga Mori from our story about the Shipibo community in the Cantagallo shanty town, in Lima, Peru, published in America's Quarterly. The images can be seen in a slideshow at AI-AP.com.
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.
Bear will be back in Peru next week for another story about mining, this time in Cajamarca, on assignment for the Stockholm-based Blank Spot Project.
Unlike his previous work on gold mining in the country, he will not be focusing on illegal or artisanal mining. This will be a story about the world’s second-largest open-pit mine, Yanacocha, where local Peruvians have been protesting the expansion of the mining operations for the last several years.
Stay tuned for dispatches from the field.
So far, work trips with her in tow to Oklahoma, Washington D.C., Thailand, Panama, and Ecuador have gone as smoothly as we could have hoped, despite the occasional jet lag, flight delays, missed naps, mosquitoes and humidity we’ve encountered along the way. Until our two weeks in Peru.
Read the travel essay here.