Photography Festival by Native Agency


Of the photographs of global journalism that we consume on a daily basis, 65% are produced in the West, and 85% by male photographers of the wealthiest countries of Europe and North America. Media not only molds the perception of the world for the masses, but also creates history. Native is a documentary photography agency that was born as an answer to this problematic. It is the first agency that focuses in supporting photographers from Latin America and Africa: It supports them from the development and research of stories, to getting their work published and sold.

This 17th and 18th of March, Native is coming to Quito for a Documentary Photography Festival in USFQ. With practical workshops on Documentary Photography + Portfolio Reviews + Keynotes with photographers from Native and special guests.


Friday March 17th

09:30-10:00 Welcome and introduction to the festival: Laura Beltrán Villamizar – Co-Founder & Photo Editor-in-Chief. Laura is an independent photo editor and curator from Bogotá, Colombia. She was previously editor at World Press Photo and associate photo editor for Revolve Magazine where she oversaw long-term features, international commissions for print and online, and curated the magazine’s emphasis on visual storytelling. Laura currently lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

10:00-11:00 Visualising Latin America – moving away from photographic paradoxes in photography: positive vs. negative. – Laura Beltrán Villamizar

11:00-1:00 Presentation of participants and their work

1:00-2:30 Lunch break

2:30-5:00 Portfolio reviews and one-on-one editing of photo stories

5:00-5:30 Talk by Juanita Escobar Winner of the Colombian-Swiss Photography Prize in 2009 with her work Gente – Tierra, exhibited in the Santa Clara Museum, Bogota, and co-author of the book, Silencios: Un llano de mujeres published by Número in 2009. Winner of the Crea Digital scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Technologies in Colombia for the undertaking of the e-book, El llano a ras de cielo, 2012. Selected for the World Press Masterclass Latin America 2015. In 2016 won the Portfolio Review Prize from National Geographic Society for her 7 year long body of work, Mi vida yo te pienso, in San Jose Foto Festival, Uruguay.

5:30-6:00 Talk by Musuk Nolte Winner of the VI National Photography Award «Eugene Courret» 2010, artist in residency of the ON AIR programme (Krems, Austria), and was awarded the FONCA scholarship in Mexico. His work has been exhibited in MALI (Museo de Arte de Lima), in the Singapore Biennale, Rencontres D’Arles in France, in the III Biennale Photoquai in the Quai Branly Museum, the Photographic Biennale of Daegu in Corea, Angkor Photography in Cambodia, Instituto Cervantes Madrid, Deutsche Bank and Aperture Nueva York, among others. In 2013 he won the National Photography Award for Human rights, granted by the European Union. His work has been published in international media such as Harvard Design Magazine, Time Magazine, CNN Internacional, Internazionale, L’Insensé, Etiqueta Negra, VON Corea, Poder and more.

6:00-6:30 Talk by Alejandro Cegarra  After working for a year at an advertising agency called “Creative Army” and only viewing photography as a hobby, he decided to pursue photography more fully. In 2012 he started filling in for other photographers at the largest newspaper in Venezuela, “Ultimas Noticias” or “Latest News.” Simultaneously he worked for two other newspapers, “Ciudad Caracas” and “2001,” returning as a full time employee of “Ultimas Noticias” in 2013. Since November of 2015, Alejandro has worked as a stringer for Associated Press in Caracas, Sunday Times Magazine, Stern, Paris Match, Washington Post among others.

6:30-7:00 Talk by Tamara Merino Tamara is an independent documentary photographer concentrating on social and cultural issues. She has worked with local and native communities over the last four years in Brazil, Mexico, Cuba and Australia. Finalist for the Magnum Foundation and Inge Morath Award 2016, selected for the the World Press Photo Latin America Masterclass 2015 and her work has been published in National Geographic Proof.

7:00-8:00 Talk by members of Paradocs: Francois Laso, Paula Parrini, Santiago Serrano

8:00-8:30 pm Talk by Sofía Cordova Vega (Ecuador)

Saturday March 18

10:30-11:15 Editing of visual stories for a short, concise and powerful narrative. Learning how to successfully apply for numerous oportunities of grants, scholarships and other awards. Laura Beltrán Villamizar

11:15 am-1:00 pm Portfolio reviews and one-on-one editing of photo stories

1:00-2:30 Lunch break

2:30-5:00 Portfolio reviews and one-on-one editing of photo stories

5:00-5:30 pm Talk by Ana María Buitrón @EverydayEcuador Instagram account with 53.7k followers

5:30-6:00 pm Talk by Emilia Lloret Her work moves between documentary and artistic photography focusing on themes regarding identity. Her work has been exhibited worldwide in festivals such as the FotoFever Art Fair in Paris, La Salle College of Arts in Singapore, Belfast Photo Fringe Festival, etc. Among her most important awards and recognitions are being part of the Getty Research Institute Collection (collective work), winning the Deutsche Bank Award in Photography (2014), selected for the first Masterclass Latin America by World Press Photo (2015), selected for the Emmanuel College Art Residency Boston (2016). She is based in Quito where she is a university professor and it’s leading a new project to use collaborative photography in the zones affected by the Earthquake in the coast of Ecuador.

6:00-6:30 pm Talk by Daniele Volpe He was awarded with 2nd place as Photographer of the Year in Latin America 2015, at POY Latam. Also awarded at NPPA-Best of Photojournalism, POY international. Nominated to the Emergency Fund of Magnum Foundation. Honorable Mention in Px3 – Prix de la Photographie. Among the winners of PDN Storytellers. Selected for XXVIII Eddie Adams Workshop where was awarded by National Geographic. Finalist at FotoEvidence Book Award. Selected for New York Portfolio Review 2015. Foundry Photojournalism Fellow 2014. His works have also been published in numerous outlets, including GEO magazine, National Geographic Proof, TIME LightBox, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America, Univision Noticias, The British Journal of Photography, The Guardian, among others.

6:30-7:00 pm Talk by Luján Agusti She has been awarded the Roberto Villagraz Scholarship, Spain (2016), Selected for the 2016 Biennial of the Centro de la Imagen de Mexico (2016), Selected for 10×10 Photobooks CLAP Exhibition (2016), Awarded the Young Encouragement Award of ArtexArte Biennial (2015). Her work has been exhibited in individual and collective exhibitions worldwide. Published in international media such as The New York Times – Lens, Vice, LAT Photo Magazine, Emaho Magazine, MUD Magazine, among others. Apart from her work as a photographer, she produces the international photography festival SAN JOSE FOTO in Uruguay.

7:00-7:30 Talk by Joao Castellano Since 2010 João has been working as a staff photographer at Istoé, one of the largest news magazines in Brazil. Nowadays, João splits his time between personal projects and assignments for the magazine. João have collaborated with some international publications such as Reuters and El País.

7:30-8:30 Talk by Niru Visual (JohisbAlarkón, Eduardo León)

After this amazing festival, you can join the official launch of the record label Mishky Records, where Laura (co-founder of Native agency) will be playing… Check out her set from Burning Man (how cool is she!):

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