I am an independent photo and video journalist based in Istanbul, Turkey.
There was a point in my life when I wanted to become an industrial engineer. I was attracted to the idea of improving processes, working with people seeking efficiency in the pursuit of a goal. Somewhere along the way I discovered visual storytelling and decided to become a journalist.
From 2002 to 2009 I lived in the United States where I started working as a photojournalist. I graduated from the photojournalism program of the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.
From 2010 to 2014 I was based in Lima, Peru. It was an interesting time to be back home. Growing up, terrorist attacks and triple-digit inflation was everyday news. By the time I returned, Peru was undergoing a rapid transformation due to its accelerated economic growth. And with it came growing pains. I crisscrossed the country documenting environmental and social issues for news outlets and humanitarian organizations. During this time, I also co-founded Everyday Latin America, an Instagram community with the goal of presenting an accurate portrait of the region.
A topic that has always attracted me is migration, the human movement. My family –migrants from the interior of the country to the capital and then to the exterior– is probably where this attraction was born. I am fascinated by the reasons that make a person leave behind the familiar for the unknown. Generally, it is usually related to the need for safety and opportunity. But everyone has a personal story that is as fascinating as it is unique.
This interest in migration is what brought me to Turkey. From my base in Istanbul I am pursuing stories related to the refugee crisis and its aftermath.
I work as a photographer and videographer for magazines, newspapers and humanitarian organizations. My work has been featured by Catholic News Service, Maclean’s, Quartz, PRI ’s The World, The Guardian, The New York Times, Vocativ, Glamour Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Catholic Relief Services, Shared Interest, Unicef, and World Vision, among others.
I also write. Recently I have started contributing articles mainly for Catholic News Service.
The GroundTruth Project, Covering the Refugee Crisis Fellowship, February 2016
Pictures of the Year International, Award of Excellence, Science & Natural History, March, 2014
Peru’s National Environmental Citizenship Award, Finalist, December 2012
64th College Photographer of the Year, Award of Excellence, Individual Multimedia, November 2009
Photographer’s Forum Magazine, 29th Annual Spring Contest, First Place, July 2009
“Los Trabajos y Los Dias” Documentary Photography Contest, Medellín, Colombia, First place in the Migrant Workers category, May 2009.
The Eddie Adams Workshop XXII, October 2009
The Poynter Institute, Fellowship for Young Journalists, May 2009
New York Times Student Journalism Institute, January 2009