Feeling privileged to have been interviewed by Soldanela Rivera for her podcast series, ‘Notes From a Native Daughter’, raw conversations about life and culture with artists of and from the Pan-American experience.
“Who can put a price on memories? Pictures are precious for this very reason I suppose. We hold on to moments of moments. It is one way we know how we can capture time. In this is the age of citizen journalism and citizen photography, who and what is the real deal? Amateurs and Pros meet at junctures of action and practice. There is so much to see. How it turns out is that most famous images are credited to men photographers. But as photography experts and buffs know, women photographers have also captured history. This is for them.
The article, The Women Who Covered Vietnam by Elizabeth Becker immediately, made me think of Verónica Sanchis Bencomo, founder of Foto Féminas, a platform exclusively devoted to showcasing Latin American women photographers. Since its launch, Foto Féminas features one photographer a month. Today, Foto Féminas is a showcase platform and a library. The collection is named after Maria Cristina Orive, a pivotal figure in Latin American photojournalism from Guatemala, who passed away this September. Orive, alongside legendary Argentinian photographer Sara Facio, founded La Azotea one of the most respected oldest photography publishing houses in Latin America.
This month’s featured photographer is Gabriela Rivera Lucero A beast. And I mean wonderful and good. The work is literally beastly, it’s called Bestiario. Check it out. The proposal is not for the faint of heart, but it is real and timely and some of the most exciting work I’ve seen in some time.
Foto Féminas has an important role, and we have Verónica to thank. The collective voices of these women photographers are telling the story of Latin America with searing precision and not a hint of shyness. Fierce.”
Words by Soldanela Rivera