Wednesday Night Brings Second Powerful Show of Instructors’ Work

Foundry panel of instructors discuss their work, how they find the topics and how they finance it.  l-r Matt Black, James Whitlow Delano and Nacho Corbella.
Foundry panel of instructors discuss their work, how they find the topics and how they finance it. l-r Matt Black, James Whitlow Delano and Nacho Corbella.

Antigua, Guatemala – On Wednesday, showings of dramatic work by four instructors, and a panel discussion by three of them, capped a day in which students worked hard to advance their projects. Instructors Matt Black, James Whitlow Delano, Tewfic El-Sawy and Nacho Corbella each presented stories they have been working on – some completed, some in process. Black presented a deep look into what brings poor Mexican workers to the Central Valley of California to work as grape pickers for the raisin industry. Wondering why they came to work and live in such difficult conditions, he went to the regions and villages from which they came. There he captured images of the desperate conditions under which they lived, including the collapse of one village and its crops, as the ground slid down an incline at the rate of a meter a day. Delano presented a body of work focused on environmental exploitation by multinational corporations. The work, from Malaysia/Borneo, to Surinam, to Cameroon, to Ecuador, showed the effect timber exploitation has had on the land and the native peoples who live on it. El-Sawy presented an audio slideshow of his work the Disciples of Mehboob-Ilahi, a fascinating religious sect which combines Sufi/Muslim practices with elements of Hinduism. Finally, Corbella showed parts of an audio/video work in progress, under assignment from a major magazine, focusing on efforts by people to maintain a traditional ranching life in Patagonia. Closing out the evening was a panel discussion by Black, Delano and Corbella focusing on where they find their stories and how they finance the capture of the images.

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