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Biography

Honduran writer and documentary photojournalist. My work focuses on Latin American conflict as it relates to the drug war, forced displacement, and urban dispossession. I seek to bind the disparate threads of communities into the grand, interlinked story of the Western Hemisphere.

In covering the different types of violences facing the region’s people, I hope to record a narrative of both continental struggles and local successes. 


Affiliations

Awards

  • National Geographic Migration Fellow, 2020
  • James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting, 2019
  • World Press Association 6x6 Emerging Global Talent, 2019
  • Latin America National Geographic Portfolio Winner, 2018 

Education

  • Eddie Addams Alum, 2019.
  • Master's in Conflict & Development from the New School, 2012.
  • Bachelor's in Politics & Poetry from Mercyhurst, 2008.

Professional Work

Featured on National Geographic, The New Yorker, ICRC, New York Times, ABC News, Greenpeace, The United Nations, Bloomberg, MSNBC, Washington Post, Getty, Al Jazeera, NPR, The Nation, Der Spiegel, Deutsche Welle, CNN, The Guardian, Vice News, Danmarks Radio and others. 

Also, I've worked on several television documentaries on Latin American struggles for Danmarks Radio separately as a writer, director, and producer.


Exhibitions

Currently, photographic work features at the Open Society Foundations' Moving Walls exhibition.

Previously, pieces have been exhibited all over the US in places like Photoville's The Fence, the Bronx Documentary Center, Miami Photofest, and a dozen other American cities. 

Other bodies of work have been shown during the World Press Exhibition in over fifty countries, the World Bank's Latin America series,  the Addis Adaba biennial, and at University of St. Andrews as part of an artist residency, amongst others.


Public Talks & Photography Workshops

Spoken publicly at different forums hosted by National Geographic, Creative Mornings, The Economist and more on my work and different subjects.

 I've lectured at universities such as Columbia, Princeton, UVA, St. Andrews, Tufts and others, discussing journalism, ethics, photography, and contemporary Latin American issues.

I teach storytelling as often as possible through workshops held across the Americas aimed at helping underserved communities. Both with partners, such as National Geographic Photocamp, and independently.


In The News

Recent profiles and reviews of my work:
National Geographic
National Geographic II
NYTimes,
LENS
NPR 
Radio Ambulante.

Contact

Available for assignments and other inquiries.

Email

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