12 Powerful Pictures That Tell The Story Of Latin America Today

Fred Ramos of El Salvador

A Honduran child plays near train tracks in Arriaga, Chiapas, in southern Mexico, October 2018.

In recent years, Latin American countries have increasingly dominated US headlines, with immigration at the southern border now a flashpoint in American politics. Unfortunately, what is often lost in these headlines is the humanity of immigrants and their families, as well as the vibrant cultures they come from.

Helping to bridge this understanding is the annual Latin American Foto festival, on view at the Bronx Documentary Center in New York City. The festival, which takes place July 11–21, brings together 10 award-winning photographers from across the Caribbean and Latin America to share their stories and to help teach valuable skills in photography to the students of the the Bronx Documentary Center.

“When people look at these photos, they’re confronted with the reality of what’s happening and the experiences of individuals,” says festival curator and Bronx Documentary Center founder Michael Kamber. “It makes things very real and it makes things personal for them. These are not abstract figures. These are people’s lives.”

This year in particular, immigration is at the forefront of visual storytelling. “We’ve got photographers from Venezuela, El Salvador, Mexico, and Columbia,” Kamber says. “Places where conditions can be bad and where people are on the move. People are doing their best to find a better life.”

These are some of the powerful images and stories on view now at the Bronx Documentary Center’s Latin American Foto Festival in New York City.

Citlali Fabián of Mexico.

Christopher Gregory of Puerto Rico

Yael Martínez of Mexico

Luis Soto of Guatemala

Tonatiuh Cabello Morán of Costa Rica

Johis Alarcón of Ecuador

Fabiola Ferrero of Venezuela

Andrés Cardona of Colombia

To learn more about the Latin American Foto Festival at the Bronx Documentary Center, visit bronxdoc.org.

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  • Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.

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