The energy of “La Diablada” is awe inspiring. It represents the syncretism of Spanish and Andean believes. @mariadanielbalcazar posting for@Burndiary #Oruro #Bolivia #carnival #documentary
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Dancer preparing early this morning for hours and kilometers for dancing in veneration of “The “Virgen del Socavon” (“Virgen of the Mineshaft”) Oruro, Bolivia . @mariadanielbalcazar for @Burndiary #bnw #bw #bn #byn
Flamingos at dawn in Lake Oruro -seeking peace at the beginning of the great day: 60,000 dancers in 52 groups and 18 different types of dances. @mariadanielbalcazar for @burndiary from #Oruro #Bolivia #birdwatching
It’s Carnaval right now in Brazil. In celebration of this special time and of a country where I’ve photographed with deep conviction over the last 10 years, we are offering a 5 DAYS ONLY small print, out-of-print book, and large collector print sale. (Ends midnight February 9. No exceptions.) These signed photographs are limited by both time and size. I won’t ever print any of these again in this size. One time deal. Many of you have tracked my Brazil work over the years, the photo essays in NatGeo magazine on both Bahia and Rio, the book.
The concept of low priced prints has been controversial for some. We had big discussions about it at Magnum as well, prior to the Magnum 6×6 online sales. Like everything else in life, new concepts always create ire for those who want to stick with what has always happened before. From my view, and I got this concept from Henri Cartier-Bresson himself, photographs should be available for all, not for only those with enough income to get into the collector market. HCB never did limited editions, hence his print prices were relatively low during his lifetime.
For young people wishing to think about collecting in the future, this is a good way to start. As for the actual value of a small print? Well all I know is that the Magnum staff and photographers themselves jumped on collecting each other for such a low price. Sure the bigger prints have more value. No question about it. Yet they cost ten times as much for twice the size…I have no doubt that the small prints will not only retain value but increase in value quickly.
I have Michael Courvoisier doing our printing. I have been working with Mike on exhibition and collector prints for 10 years or more…He personally cares about everything he produces for me. It’s the key reason my prints are just a bit more expensive than the Magnum small prints. They cost more to produce, they are also larger (a 6×9 image size on 8.5 x 11 inch paper)…And, at Burn we have decided to offer you Free Shipping in the US and $15 Flat Rate Shipping for the rest of the world.
Yet enough biz talk. Even with Burn and my workshops and all the other stuff that flows in my front door, at the end I only really do one thing. Make photographs. I am a photographer only. I have not stopped shooting since I was 14. There is a mountain of work never seen. Anyway, the work here represents what I did in Brazil. Some of it in the last book , some of it will be in the next book. My legacy as a photographer is all I care about. Not how I earned a living. So the Brazil “era” will have a place I think. Something special happened to me in Brazil. In the zone. Right mood right time right collaborators. Ahh Rio, ahh Bahia. Big love.
- You may choose from 22 of my images from Bahia and Rio- for just $125 US ($14o for the Rest of the World) including shipping. These signed photographs are limited by both time and size. I won’t ever print any of these again in this size. One time deal.
- To be eligible for Free Shipping in the US, please use code FREESHIPBRAZIL upon checkout.
- To be eligible for $15 Flat Rate Shipping for the rest of the world, you can select that as your shipping option upon checkout.
- Our collaborative book (based on a true story) set in Rio will end up as the best book of my career (and we have 5 copies of the long sold-out original hardcover folio available in the sale). I’m working hard on my next book, worked hard on other books too, yet the Rio book is the ONE.
- We also have a few collector prints, and a few sets of books and print sets to round out the offering.
All available here:
BRAZIL. Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. 2015.
Tuba players from the”Pagador” band taking a breather. In an apparent interlude today in the formal carnaval festivities, the music did not stop all over Oruro. @mariadanielbalcazar posting for @Burndiary #Bolivia
One of the hundreds of admirable musicians who played with pride for hours and hours in the Anata Andino (Andean Carnival) @mariadanielbalcazar posting for @burndiary #bnw #bw #bn #byn
Portrait of a young dancer of today’s Anata (native andean carnival) @mariadanielbalcazar posting for @burnmagazine
The northwestern corner of Ecuador is home to the tallest mangrove trees in the world. Amidst the trees´ towering, almost fantastical, roots, people of nearby Afro-Ecuadorian communities gather black shells as their form of livelihood. In local parlance shell pickers are known as concheros. Concheros start young. Children as young as 10 years old are expected to pick shells to contribute to their families’ income. Children make good shell-pickers because they are agile and light, allowing them to navigate around the infinite spider web of mangrove roots. Picking shells is a tremendously arduous task. Everyday concheros trudge through the knee-deep mud and endure the inclement environment of the forest to discover small crevasses within the buried roots. When they are lucky, they find shells. When they are unlucky, they might be stung by the poisonous toadfish or bitten by a watersnake. Yet the concheros endure because the black shells are considered a culinary delicacy in Ecuador. Even so, a conchero will be lucky to get 8 cents per shell. On average, a good conchero can find between 50 and 100 shells in a day’s work. Although community leaders do their best to encourage children to go to school, a large percentage drops out at an early age to become concheros. These environmental portraits explore the relationship between childhood, manual labor, and this unique ecosystem.
Felipe Jácome is a documentary photographer born in Ecuador. After finishing his studies at the Johns Hopkins University and the London School of Economics, his work has focused on issues of human mobility and human rights. In 2010 he won the Young Reporter Competition of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Jacome’s photos have appeared in publications such as National Geographic, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy Magazine, The Guardian, Vice Magazine, and CNN.
A Pujllay dancer at the entrance of an old mine. Oruro is the hub of mining in the Andes since colonial times. @mariadanielbalcazar posting for @burndiary #bw #bn #documentaryphotography #bnw
Mariel and Alexander at the church of Virgen del Socavon. My journey in Oruro is beginning here where thousands of dancers will end theirs. UNESCO declared Oruro Carnival a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”. @mariadanielbalcazar posting for @burndiary from Oruro, Bolivia #bnw #bw #bn #bnw_captures