Politics, daily life, environment, sports
My first memory of photography is Freddy Alborta’s 1967 legendary photo of the body of Che Guevara in a coffin surrounded by soldiers.
I was always fascinated by cameras and the chemical process involved in developing photos. I am partly self-taught but I also learnt the craft from local photographers and those from abroad who came to work in my country.
I grew up in an unstable country, with my generation of Bolivians spending the first 20 years or so of our lives amid military coups and dictatorships.
After spending a few years in Europe with musician friends, I came home determined to become a photographer and document events around me - the history of my people.
My first assignment was to document Felix Cardenas, one of the first indigenous candidates to run for the post of President of Bolivia. He conducted his campaign on his own and on foot.
I met Cardenas in the early morning while he was performing rituals giving thanks to the goddess Pachamama and to the sun. The light and the setting were magnificent. He had very little public support as a candidate but the photos and the story were worth the effort. Now, 20 years later, Cardenas is part of the government of Bolivia’s President Evo Morales.
I like stories about the environment, especially how people cope with climate change and natural disasters. I am also interested in education, culture and tradition.
My biggest lesson has been to be honest, and to act with integrity, both personally and as a photojournalist.