Let’s talk about photojournalism in Guatemala

Let's talk about photojournalism in Guatemala by Hugo Muralles

There’s a recent boom in digital media in Guatemala, journalism is taking the big leap to Internet or at least that’s what one could hope: There are a few decent sources that are not that focused on getting page views in order to sell big numbers to advertisers, one of them, Plaza Pública is celebrating four years of work.  In the main picture, Luis Soto, Deccio Serrano, Jesús Alfonso and Marvin Del Cid.

As a terrible side note: The photographer and journalist Luis Soto was robbed the same day this talk took place, with tears in his eyes he told this awful experience; lost all of his equipment, he said.
This bad experience among others, were shared in this brief talk meant to discuss the pros and cons about their work in Guatemala.  Overall, they all agreed in the fact that they are not risking their lives for a front page picture, but they also admit, the adrenaline and passion sometimes makes it hard to draw the line.

I find people was really interested in this subject, which is always good for everyone.  They also mentioned there’s a need for support from the heads in the traditional media to recognize the value of their work, and everything that goes with the profession, from fair salaries to psychological assistance.

One of my favorite photographers in Guatemala, Sandra Sebastian was in the audience, supposedly she was invited to be part of the speakers but she refused.  I’ll try to reach her in the future.

By the way, sad and terrible news for this profession and the freedom of speech, a few days ago. (Spanish)

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