Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Based
Lima, Peru
Born
Lima, Peru
Status
Photographer
Camera
Canon 1D Mark IV, 5D Mark II
“I respect the humble people, because they will always be the wisest.”

Beat

I take lots of daily-life pictures of people around Lima, and also cover demonstrations and social conflicts in the city and elsewhere around Peru. Inevitably, I photograph political issues too, such as visits made by foreign leaders. And when it comes to sports, I shoot lots of international soccer matches.

One Shot

. LIMA, Peru. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil
Children play soccer at sunset on a beach in Lima.
“I really don’t have a “favourite image”, because it changes over the years, but I always remember one picture that I took of a bunch of kids playing soccer on a beach at sunrise… It’s important to me for its beauty, for being shot with incredible light and because the awesome scene ended a few seconds later and I was totally sure I had captured the best moment.”

Profile

The earliest memory of photography that I can recall is when I was around eight or nine years old, trying to take family portraits with my dad’s camera. He felt a little bit afraid that I might spoil his new purchase.

My first assignment came during a political crisis in the last days of former Peruvian President Fujimori’s rule. I covered protests in Lima’s main square in the evening using a manual flash, and the results where not as I expected… I remember shooting nice frames for me at that moment, but when my films where developed the light exposure was quite bad. After that experience I began to experiment a lot with my flash and slow exposures.

The assignment that left the biggest mark on me was the 2007 earthquake in Pisco, south of Lima. It was the first time I faced a really dramatic situation of death and destruction.

Positive assignments excite me most, I think. I like stories that show people overcoming difficult situations and that document the times when a person or a group achieves a goal. I also really like to cover all kind of sports, played at their best.

I want my pictures to attract the attention of people in many different parts of the world when they visit their favourite news website or when they look at a kiosk or newsstand while buying a newspaper or magazine.

My biggest lesson has been that there is always something else to learn.

I respect the humble people, because they will always be the wisest.

Behind the Scenes

. Lima, Peru
Enrique Castro-Mendivil has his picture taken while riding in a helicopter with Peru's then-President Alejandro Toledo during municipal elections in Lima.