The Tarata native Dennis Salazar Gonzales will participate in the Focco 2023 photography meeting that will be held from this Thursday until the 30th of this month in the city of Vicuña, Coquimbo region, in the south of Chilean territory.
The photographer from Cochabamba will be the only Bolivian at the international event, because he was selected by the event organizers.
“My foray into Focco 2023 occurred through the contacts I made with Chilean photographers in an event of which I also won: Fotofest, which was held in La Paz,” Salazar commented.
The expert portraitist commented that he will exhibit a selection of photographs at the meeting that bear the title of “Magical Valley.” This consists of a previous series of images that he captured with his camera for several years on trips through the region of the valleys of Cochabamba, Chuquisaca and Tarija.
Likewise, he will present a couple of photobook projects about chicha:
The first is called Chicha (Photographic record of the artisanal production process) and the second is called Aqha (Photobook edited by Mauricio Torogoya, from Chile), which, unlike the first, is completely artistic.
Salazar explained that 15 photographers obtained the scholarship for Focco 2023, of which two will win, who will obtain the publication of the book with their work and
a residency at the Bronx Documentary Center-New York, to delve into research, dissemination and thinking about documentary photography.
“I am a Tarateño, I drink chicha, I speak and understand Quechua,” remarked the skilled Tarateño photographer who is packing suitcases to travel to the event headquarters.