The Zapatista Uprising
Pedro Valtierra won the prestigious Rey de Espana Award in 1998 for his picture of the indigenous women pushing a soldier in Chiapas, Mexico. Valtierra remembered his heart beating fast and his hands shaking when he saw the moment and took about two minutes to steady his camera and took the photo. The picture was the most famous picture to come out of the Chiapas Rebellion, and considered one of the most iconic images of modern Latin America.
The Zapatista uprising which began in 1994 and lasted until the 2000s was the backlash against North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA. It challenged an image of Mexico as a modern nation, recently freed from poverty and oppression, an image cultivated by Mexican lobbyists in the U.S. Congress to pass NAFTA. On the day the trade agreement came into existence, three thousand insurgents seized towns and cities in Chiapas, freeing prisoners and setting fire to government building.