1999 — student award of excellence
Angela is a freelance documentary/journalism photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. She is a visual storyteller, working on a wide range of subjects. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times and The Newark Star-Ledger and a contract photographer with the Getty Images creative department. Her work has been honored by the Magenta Foundation, New York Press Photographer's Association, Review Santa Fe, the Communication Arts Photo Annual and supported by grants from The Alexia Foundation student award and The Puffin Foundation. In 2008, she was chosen as a finalist for Photolucida Critical Mass and the Robert Giard Memorial Fellowship and as a semi-finalist for the Duke Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize prize. She self-published Welcome Home: Building the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, her first book project, in August, 2009.
See her projects and editorial work at www.angelajimenezphotography.com.
Grass-roots movements are the building block of social change. Society is changing in Latin America, where a wide variety of grass-roots women’s organizations are a major impetus for the improvement of human rights conditions. I want to photo-document groups advocating reproductive rights in Latin America.
I will be in Latin America for five months this spring with a writer to do this independent documentary photo/essay project. The unique women’s movement of Latin America, which has evolved for over one hundred years amidst political instability, economic stratification, racial diversity, dominant religious ideology and traditional gender roles, encompasses a wide variety of grass-roots organizations working for change. Their movement for reproductive freedom is especially important in Latin American society, where it challenges the traditional nature of women’s relationships to family and home. The women involved are especially important because it is the conviction of their individual lives which collectively bring change.
The medium in-depth documentary work is suited to this movement and our photo/writing team is suited to the project. I am a graduate photojournalism student at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the writer I will be working with is a recent MU graduate with degrees in Spanish and magazine journalism. We are both Spanish speakers with sincere interest in human rights issues and documentary journalism.
We are going first to Costa Rica, where we plan to document groups responding to adolescent pregnancy and homosexuality. In Ecuador, we will document a group of protecting the rights of sex workers. In Argentina, we will work the Catholic pro-choice/family planning movement. In Brazil, we will document the state of marital rights.
We plan to publish our work in women’s publications and do some complementary work in North America upon our return. We are funding this odyssey with loans, limited family support, a little help from both the University of Missouri and Fuji Film, and a whole lot of moral support from friends. I believe in this work and feel it is inspired by the same spirits as Alexia’s mission. Any support the foundation could offer us would be sincerely appreciated. I would be thrilled to hear from you.