“We think the municipal police took them - what we think happened is that they kept them somewhere and then, as we say, “disappeared” them - like so many thousands of others in this country who are missing.” —Omar Garcia
at over four thousand square miles, bolivia’s remote salar de uyuni salt flat is the largest salt flat on the planet. and with a variation in surface elevation of less than a metre, it’s also amongst the flattest land on the planet. but during the raining season, when it becomes covered in a few centimetres of water, the salt flat is transformed into the largest mirror on the planet.
Capturing the Tension Between Modernity and Tradition with @raulbar
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“I usually frequent areas of economic activity—markets, neighborhoods and historic districts—where human interaction is rich,” explains Raul Barrios (@raulbar), a sociologist whose photos capture candid moments from the streets of Panama, Bolivia and other Latin American countries. “I use photography to continue to learn about and understand the complexity of societies.”
For Raul’s work, which explores how individuals interact with their larger communities, context is as important as the subject. “These spaces face an ongoing struggle between tradition and modernity,” Raul says. “I seek to portray everyday people in the spaces that convey the meaning of community in their lives, even though many of my portraits reflect feelings of loneliness and sadness.”
The protein-packed grain that health fiends have been flipping out over — and Bolivian villagers have been eating for centuries — will soon be found in the cereal aisle. In January 2015, cereal giant General Mills will begin selling “Cheerios + Ancient Grains,” a mix of oats, quinoa, Kamut wheat and, apparently, plus signs.
AFP photographer Marc Hutten took a series of photos showing Che Guevara’s body after his death in 1967 in Bolivia. These color photos were kept in private hands for 47 years without being made public. The previous photos showing Che Guevara’s demise published by the CIA were in black and white.
In 1879, Peru, Bolivia and Chile fought a 4-year war over deposits of guano (aka bird poop). Guano is an important ingredient for gunpowder and more importantly a strong fertilizer. Around 20,000 men died fighting the euphemistically named ”War of the Pacific.”
Images from cycling atop the salt crust of Bolivia’s gargantuan Salar de Uyuni – and the more petite but perfectly formed Salar de Coipasa.
My prevailing memories: squinting into the blinding, sparkly midday light. Feeling crispy skin crinkle ever-so-dry. Pitching camp on a bleached white canvas. Seasoning dinner with the ground I’m sitting on. Awakening in the morning to a glow of lavender light.