Wednesday, November 14, 2007

James Rodriguez exhibit and photojournalism workshop in Vancouver

In January 2007, photojournalist James Rodriguez documented a land eviction of farmworkers in El Estor, Guatemala, instigated by the Vancouver-based mining company Skye Resources. Here are his blog posts and Flickr gallery on the evictions.

He was invited to hold a photo exhibit and photo-journalism workshop at the Amnesty International Film Festival in Vancouver November 8-11. Below are some of the photos that were displayed at the exhibit.

The exhibit and workshop given by James was a success for so many reasons. We had an excellent turnout -- an overflow crowd filled the Vancity Theatre lobby for the workshop.

It was a great pleasure for me to finally meet James. He not only has a passionate eye for victims of human rights abuses, but also is a kind, personable, generous man with whom it was a pleasure to acquaint myself.

As you can see below, I was able to take some pictures of the exhibit. I'll never make it as a photographer, but this at least gives you a sense of it. I tried to take some of the workshop as well, but as you can tell, they didn't turn out very well as the exposure was poor. There are more of these pictures at my new Flickr site.

The workshop also touched on work he did in Honduras, particularly around the problem of cyanide poisoning of the local environment there as a result of mining operations, which is what he is talking about in the above picture.

See also James' Flickr gallery about his visit to Vancouver.

For more information about the organizations he's affiliated with, check out:
Rights Action
Mining Watch
Amnesty Canada
Oxfam America

or contact James at james (AT)

1 comment:

Maria Williams said...

Thanks for this posting, Stephen. Such important images to share - the Canadian government must do more to ensure Canadian companies no longer contribute to, or act complicit, in these types of human rights violations.