Photography Workshop in Guatemala

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I was asked to assist two good photographer friends, Michael Hintlian and Glen Cooper, both of Visual Reportage Workshops, with their Documentary Photography Workshop in Guatemala last week. We had ten students, most of who were from the Boston area, attend the workshop. Their goal was to come away from a week of shooting in Guatemala City and Antigua with a strong documentary photo essay. I was asked to assist the photographers with shooting their projects, bringing me to a new topic everyday that made for strong photographs. The subjects ranged from infant malnutrition clinics and orphanages.

         The topics that struck me the most were documenting the workers and those people who live in the local city dump. The images that are in this post are from the local garbage dump. I haven’t shot images in black and white since I was in school, but upon entering the dump and looking at all the similar colors that lay before me I felt shooting in color would make the entire environment blend together and too busy and distracting. It would also be hard to focus on the subject. I also like the images in black and white because they convey the added emotion needed when telling the story of those who live and work in the garbage dump. Check out www.nicoczar.blogspot.com to see more images from my travels to Guatemala and www.visualreportage.com to read more about photography workshops.



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