Photography in Latin America 2012 - Part 1 of 5

I am excited to have co-curated F-Stop Magazine #54: The Latin America Issue - published today - in collaboration with F-Stop editor Christy Karpinski. We worked through a large submission pool over the past two weeks to select 353 images to feature.

Of those images, I have selected 100 to show here on fototazo over 5 posts.

I am setting it up this way for a couple reasons. The layout of this site would make republishing the entire selection featured on F-Stop difficult, plus duplicating the entirety of the images featured a click away doesn't seem necessary.

In exchange, pulling out 100 of the 353 accepted submissions gave me a chance to continue to enjoy looking through the images and to challenge myself as an editor to make decisions to get to what I truly feel are the strongest photographs submitted. I did not limit the number of images for any particular photographer - if someone happened to have made 5 of the best 100, so be it.

I am including 2012 in the post title because I would like this to be an annual feature on this site. fototazo is based in Colombia, and I have become aware since moving here of the lack of deserved presence of Latin American photography in the international online photography world. I would like this site to continue to move towards helping to fill that absence. There is a lot of exciting work being produced here - it just needs distribution.

One last note: the 100 images are not in any particular order other than a little intuitive sequencing.

Here are the first 20 images of Photography in Latin America 2012.

Alejandro Reinoso, Quito, Ecuador
Mercees Alegría de Jesús

Eugeni Gay Marín, Barcelona, Spain
From the quantam island 07 (Bolivia)

Anahita Avalos, Paris, France
Spiderman (Villahermosa, Tabasco, México)

Frederic Vanwalleghem, Belgium
Retrato, from the series "Retratos en tu cuarto"

Jael Orea Arenas, Ciudad de México, México

Eddie Wexler, Mahwah, New Jersey, USA
Cow, Zamora, Mexico

Arturo Soto, Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá
untitled, Mexico City

Juan Orrantia, Johannesburg, South Africa (born Bogotá, Colombia)
The hand down of power when the head is removed

Stephen Strom, Sonoita, Arizona
Boiling Mud Pot I, Tatio Geysers, Chile

John Oliver Hodges, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Acapulco #1

Bárbara Oettinger Searle, Santiago de Chile, Chile
untitled, from the series "Mas de los Mudos"

Micky Absil, Colebrook, Ontario, Canada
Panama Girl (Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá)

Laura Noel, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Baby Swing, Havana

Steve Davis, Olympia, Washington, USA
Beach Artist, Cartagena, 2003

Alejandro Reinoso, Quito, Ecuador
Familia en el auto

Eddie Wexler, Mahwah, New Jersey, USA
Antigua, Guatemala

Nayeli Cruz Bonilla, Ciudad de México, México

Michael Jerome Wolff, New Mexico, USA
Two Brothers (Recife, Brasil)

Blazej Marczak, Edinborough, Scotland
Urbanscape No. 3 (Perú)

Mariela Sancari, Ciudad de México, México
The hug