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Photo Exhibition

Los Olvidados, Guatemala by Harvey Castro

All About Photo is pleased to present ‘Los Olvidados, Guatemala’ by Harvey Castro.
Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of February 2023 and includes twenty photographs from the series ‘Los Olvidados, Guatemala’. Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, is the curator for this month’s show.

Los Olvidados Guatemala

My project, Los Olvidados Guatemala, is a poignant examination of the communities that are marginalized and left behind by natural disasters. On November 5, 2020, the village of Queja was destroyed by a landslide caused by Hurricane Eta, leaving 58 people dead and the survivors with nothing.

© Harvey Castro

This tragedy is not unique to Queja, but it is a familiar story for many communities in Guatemala, particularly those in the highlands, where poor infrastructure and inadequate resources leave them highly vulnerable. The destruction of crops and homes leads many to migrate for survival, often at great risk. In 2018, I photographed the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico, where an estimated 135,000+ climate refugees relocated to the United States in the first six months after the storm.

© Harvey Castro

When I arrived in Guatemala a few days before the bicentennial anniversary of independence from Spanish rule, I saw parallels to what I had experienced in Puerto Rico, where marginalized communities were left without agency and forgotten.

© Harvey Castro

Representation is crucial to my work as a documentary photographer and immigrant of color. Through my photographs, I hope to bring attention to these communities’ resilience and struggle and ensure that they are not forgotten.

Harvey Castro

Photo Exhibition: Los Olvidados, Guatemala by Harvey Castro
February 1- 28, 2023
Online Exhibition URL →

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Sandrine Hermand-Grisel

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel is a professional photographer who specializes in Fine Art Photography. She grew up in Paris, France and in London, UK before she… More »

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