2.09.2019

Microgrant 23: Mariana Betancur

© Mariana Betancur

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Fototazo continues to move its microgrant program towards offering workshops and photography-oriented travel experiences for groups of young, emerging photographers in Colombia. When the opportunity arises, however, individual grants will continue to be awarded.

Talented Medellín-based photographer Mariana Betancur was paired with a donor over the winter holidays who gave Mariana a used Nikon Coolpix L830 To be able to continue creating her work with a better camera.

Mariana is to the left. The other images included here are from Mariana's portfolio.







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© Mariana Betancur


© Mariana Betancur


© Mariana Betancur


© Mariana Betancur


© Mariana Betancur


© Mariana Betancur


© Mariana Betancur


© Mariana Betancur


© Mariana Betancur

2.08.2019

Eighth Year Review

Walter, Mariana and Camilo during Medellín Foto Camp 2018 

In January 2019, fototazo celebrated its eighth anniversary, giving us our annual opportunity to take a look back at the past year and ahead at plans for 2019.

This is also the "yearly report" required as part of fototazo's 501(c)3 non-profit private operating foundation status.

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SITE MISSION

The site's primary mission is the development of a program of support for a selected group of young, emerging Colombian photographers through microgrants. In 2018, fototazo transitioned to a microgrant program focused on offering workshops and photography-oriented travel experiences for groups of photographers and away from the previous model of individual grants.

All content on the site works to create viewership to fund the site's primary mission.

In 2018, the microgrant program raised $1,301. Thank you to those who have contributed – this site continues because of your contributions!

The majority of those funds were used to fund Medellín Foto Camp 2018 which was held over a weekend in mid-December in Barbosa, Antioquia at the home of Board Member Gabriel Mario Vélez. Thomas Locke Hobbs and Sebastian Collett joined us as guest artists and eight grant recipients attended. The group spent three days and two nights in Barbosa. During the mornings we critiqued the work brought to the workshop by participants and in the afternoons, Thomas and Sebastian taught the group how to work with a 4x5 field camera.

CONTENT

I would like to extend a thank you to all of the 2018 contributors of images and words for their help in providing content for the site.

Over the last few years, I have produced fewer posts as I dedicate more time to the real world projects fototazo is involved in. In 2018, content reflected an ongoing shift towards Latin America as I actively work to use the site to serve as a bridge between Latin American photographers and an international audience through an English language platform.

In addition to Latin American posts, I also plan to continue to occasionally post essays, interviews and short series on topics such as recent series on editing and developing projects.

I would like to extend a thank you to the fototazo Board of Directors composed of business leaders Yaron Ben-Zvi and Raphael Crawford and photographer Amani Willett and also to the fototazo Advisory Board, which includes photographers Laura McPhee and Gabriel Mario Vélez, for another year of service in their roles.

Finally, thank YOU for following the site and choosing to spend your time reading what we publish from among all of the many quality photography sites that exist.

We look forward to taking another step in 2019.

All the best,
Tom Griggs

1.08.2019

Microgrant 22: Medellín Foto Camp 2018


Medellín Foto Camp 2018
Location: Barbosa, Antioquia, Colombia
Amount raised: $1,000

Statement
Medellín Foto Camp 2018 was held over a weekend in mid-December in Barbosa, Antioquia at the home of Board Member Gabriel Mario Vélez. Thomas Locke Hobbs and Sebastian Collett joined us as guest artists.

Two former Fototazo microgrant recipients - Natalia Lopera and Juliana Henao took part in the workshop in a mentorship role. They both helped to plan and also took part in the event. Transitioning former grant recipients into an expanded role as mentors will allow them to further their learning process by passing onwards what they have learned in previous experiences and also enrich the experience for new participants by providing more voices and perspectives during our events. Former grant recipient Andrés Sanchez also helped in the planning of the event, but was unable to attend.

Six new participants attended: Sofía Rojas, Walter Londoño, Mariana Betancur, Camilo Pérez, Lina Piedrahita, and Byron Pazmino. All are current students at La Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín.

The group spent three days and two nights in Barbosa. During the mornings we critiqued the work brought to the workshop by participants and in the afternoons, Thomas and Sebastian taught the group how to work with a 4x5 field camera. This was the first experience for all participants with a larger format camera and also a first experience for the majority in the darkroom.

Thank you to our donors for providing a memorable and enriching weekend for each participant.

Welcome dinner in Barbosa


Natalia sharing her work during critque


Sofía between critiques


Thomas explaining how to load film during the large format camera workshop


Thomas during the large format camera workshop


Sofía, Natalia and Walter relaxing at the end of the day


Sebastian being photographed by Mariana during the second day of the large format camera workshop


Photograph on paper negative made during the workshop


Photograph on paper negative made during the workshop