The next tremendous speaker we would like to highlight from our upcoming Latin America: Stories That Drive Change seminar in Miami is Pablo Corral Vega, one of the most important individuals in photojournalism today. Corral is the founder and director of nuestramirada.org, the network of Latin American photojournalists and the co-founder and co-director of the most prestigious photographic competition on the continent – Pictures of the Year Latin America (POYLatam).
Corral, a lawyer, artist and photojournalist, is also the Cultural Minister of Quito, Ecuador, where, among many other duties, he oversees FLUZ, a photographic initiative dedicated to incubating the visual record and the creative expression of the city of Quito. A cultural beacon within the Americas, FLUZ offers expositions, workshops, conferences and seminar featuring Latin America’s most prominent photographers.
Corral himself is an accomplished photographer. His work has been published by National Geographic, the Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Audubon, Geo and other international reviews. He has been exhibited in locations around the world, including Perpignan, Guayaquil, Cuenca, Tokyo, Seville, Washington D.C. He has published six books of photography.
“In Pablo Corral’s photographs there is always a hope, an affirmation of life, a will to survive even in face of the worst adversities, and this hope, this affirmation, this drive manifest themselves in the humblest and the most mistreated, whether by their fellow human beings or by catastrophes” said Nobel Prize winning author Mario Vargas Llosa.
“In the villages of the Sierras,” Llosa continued. “Pablo Corral’s camera, filled with sympathy and solidarity with those he is about to photograph, can always pick out that secret little flame that never stops flickering, even in the darkest of circumstances, and whose philosophy can be summed up by this old saying: ‘The last thing that dies in the human being is hope.’”
Corral was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and has been a judge for both World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year.
Register now for Latin America: Stories That Drive Change to hear directly from Corral, see the best work Latin America has to offer, and learn about the exciting role FLUZ plays capturing the culture and people of Quito, while promoting creativity and dialog.
The University of Miami School of Communication, The Knight Foundation, PhotoWings, The University of Miami School of the Advanced Study of the Americas and The Nikon Ambassador Program are co-sponsors of this event.
For questions about the seminar, please contact Eileen Mignoni at firstname.lastname@example.org.