Born Bogotá, Colombia

Currently based in New York City, USA, Bogota, Colombia.     


2011-2013  Hunter College (English as Second Language and Literature) 

2014-2016  Pi Art Center, (Art Studies)


I Am Hello Kitty (Tragaluz Editores, Medellín, 2017)

Masked (oodee, London, 2014)

Parteras /Midwives  (Fundación ACUA, Bogotá, 2012 )


Colombia: Fotografías por la libertad de prensa (Reporters without Borders,

Bogotá. 2007)

Colombia através del Tiempo (Casa Editorial El Tiempo, Bogotá, 2007) 

Colombia através del Tiempo (Casa Editorial El Tiempo, Bogotá, 2006)

Colombia: Imágenes y  realidades (United Nations Office of High Commisioner for Human Rights, Bogotá, 2005)


Awards, Grants and Honors 

2016 Mary Clerc Scholarship to the 68th annual Missouri Photo Workshop

2016  Museo del Barrio Portfolio Review

2016  New York Times Portfolio Review 

2015  Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, finalist

2015  Fotovisura, full scholarship 

2015  En Foco Fellowship Awards #18

2015  Inducted into Guild photography collective

2014  New York Times Portfolio Review 

2013  Roberto Villagraz Grant, finalist 

2013  “Los trabajos y los días” international photography contest,  finalist 

2012  AI -AP,  Latin American Photography Collection 4

2010  FNPI - CEMEX photography contest, finalist 

2009  Colombian Government Ministry of Culture,  Photography and Cultural 

Heritage national contest, winner

2008  Circulo de Periodistas de Bogotá national contest, winner

2006  FNPI, full scholarship 



2016 “Dressing Room” artist talk, International Center of Photography,  NYC,  Documentary and Photojournalism Program Joseph Rodriguez class July 6, 2016

2015  “I Am Hello Kitty” artist talk, International Center of Photography, NYC, community programs, May 11, 2015

2015  “I Am Hello Kitty” artist talk, International Center of Photography,  NYC, Photography and Human Rights Class, Aug. 6th, 2015

2015  “I Am Hello Kitty” artist talk, En Foco New Photography Fellowship #18, Bronx Documentary Center,  NYC,  April 30th, 2015

2015  “The Art of Seeing” artist talk, Nathan Cummings Foundation, NYC, 

March 17, 2015

2013  “I Am Hello Kitty” artist talk, International Center of Photography,  NYC,  Documentary and Photojournalism Program, August 4, 2013

Selected Exhibitions

2016  “I Am Hello Kitty” projection, San José international photography festival

2015  “I Am Hello Kitty” projection, Photoville international photo festival,  Brookline, NY

2015  “I Am Hello Kitty”,  GuatePhoto international photography festival,  Guatemala City, Guatemala 

2015  “I Am Hello Kitty” multimedia projection, SLIDELUCK, Bogota, Colombia / Los Angeles, USA / Bali, Indonesia/ Hong Kong

2015  “I Am Hello Kitty”, Bronx Documentary Center,  Bronx, NY

2014  “Masked”,  Galería Valenzuela Klenner, Bogotá

2009   “Cultural Heritage”,  Palacio Nariño,  Bogotá

2003   “Real Images”, Unviersidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogotá

2003   Fotomuseo, outdoor street exhibition, Bogota.

Selected Publications

“Dressing Room -Translatina”,  New York Times Lens (online publication),October 13, 2016

“Dressing Room -Translatina”, New York Times Sunday Edition, Panorama,Album October 16, 2016 

“I Am Hello Kitty”,  New York Times Lens (online publication), January 31, 2014

“I Am Hello Kitty”, New York Times Sunday Edition, Panorama,Album 

page 8   February 2, 2014

“I Am Hello Kitty” New York Times International Edition, 

page 2   February 5, 2014

“I Am Hello Kitty”, Open Society Foundations (Instagram feed), August 25, 2015 

“I Am Hello Kitty”, Time Lightbox (mention in online articule about documentary photography) February 10, 2014

“I Am Hello Kitty”, Refinery29 (online publication Interview) December 22, 2015

“Colombia on my mind” Fotomeraki (online publication) December 2, 2015

“Colombia on my mind” Edge of Humanity online magazine (online publication) November 6, 2015

“I Am Hello Kitty” Business Insider (online publication) March 6, 2014

“I Am Hello Kitty” Nueva Luz  photographic journal volume 19:1 2015

“I Am Hello Kitty” Bird in flight International photo magazine (online publication) August 6, 2014

“I Am Hello Kitty” p3 Portugal Portugal mayor newspaper (online publication) November 5, 2015

“I Am Hello Kitty” Foto féminas (online publication) May1, 2015

 “Midwives of Buenaventura” AI-AP Dispatches from Latin America                  (online publication Interview) October 16, 2015

 “Midwives of Buenaventura” Etica Segura Fundacion Nuevo Periodismo Gabriel Garcia marquez Women into photojournalism (online publication Interview) 2013

“Midwives of Buenaventura” Etiqueta Negra Peruvian Magazine 2014

“Emeralds” Don Juan Colombian Magazine 2009

Photography Experience

2014-present contributing photographer Redux, stock photography agency

2013 - 2015  Contributing photographer, Corbis  stock photography agency

2010 - present Contributing photographer, Win Initiative stock photography agency

2009 -present Contributing photographer, Getty Images Global Assignment 

photography agency

2009-present Contributing photographer, VIEWPress,  photography agency

2005-2009  Staff photographer, El Tiempo, major daily newspaper, Bogotá

2004  Staff photographer, Semana, newsweekly magazine, Bogotá

2000 -2003 Staff photographer, El Tiempo, major daily newspaper, Bogotá


Spanish, English

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