Javier Arcenillas



Sociological essay of Honduras, the most violent zone in the world in its most dramatic and miserable. The impotence of pain and hell asocial victims of murderers in a daily theater of war where violence is always the news of the day in his red note.
It is very necessary to expose and teach this story to show the true nature of violence because newspapers, television and magazines do not offer current. And that’s too bad because it’s terribly necessary that these stories have a voice in society

For 5 years I have only seen tears developing this project. Every time I look at my work I get depressed. I must not be as strong as I thought. But I want to denounce violence in Honduras, I need to teach the pain of the victims.
I have to keep telling this story.
Honduras is considered one of the most violent places in the world. Every day in the streets of cities like San Pedro Sula, or Tegucigalpa, the murders, robberies and violence are increasingly present. Ineffective internal politics of the area is unstable, drug trafficking into the U.S. is uncontrollable and unsafe zone of Maras, or control of the Zetas in the border is the closest thing to a daily war. The report of the Organization of American States notes that in a country such as Honduras violent death occurs every 74 minutes without war there was, in 2011, the most violent nation in the world, totaling 7104 killings documented by police.

In these places the use of youth and children to train as Sicarios is a regular job. They are attracted by the ease of earning money that gives them respect and fear. In the process of training the young killer from the poorest strata of society consumed becoming true heralds of death. Deprotection of these societies for the defense and protection of children in these situations of violence is alarming.


Psychologist at the Complutense University of Madrid
He teaches photojournalism and documentary photography at the International School PICA
He develops humanitarian essays where the main characters are integrated in societies that borders and sets upon any reason or human rights in a world that becomes increasingly more and more indifferent.
An award winning photographer, among these, could be mentioned:
*Arts Press Award, KODAK Young Photographer *Atlanta Journalism Awards ( Best Photographer) *Scholarship of the European Social Fund *POYI and POYI Latam *Finalist Oskar Barnak Leica Prize’09 & 2013 *Sony World Photograhic Award ’10 *Fotoevidence 2011, *Eugene Smith Grant 2013
His most complete news articles outside Spain can be read in Time, CNN, IL Magazine, Leica Magazine, Der Spiegel, Stern, GEO, National Geographic, Le Monde 2, El Mundo, El periodico de Guatemala as most important magazines. At the moment, he arranges Humanitarian Photographic assignments.

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6 thoughts on “Javier Arcenillas – Latidoamerica”

  1. Fuck me that’s harsh. Powerful pictures and work that needs talking about. Stay safe.

  2. Have we seen stuff like this before? Yeah, but I don’t care. This is a glorious set. Powerful and emotional with some nuanced emotional moments in many. Stay safe!

  3. A very powerful essay that deserves a huge audience. I don’t know what the situation is in the U.S. but this undeclared war in Central America gets very little coverage in the U.K. news. The best chance of any in-depth news from the region reaching us is probably from Al Jazeera.

    Stay safe, Javier and thank you.


  4. This is one horrific, well done, incredible essay done by an extremely talented and dedicated photographer who has put his own life at significant risk to do it. I’ve thought a lot about this essay since looking at it and it has occurred to me that while Anchorage may be a much less violent and far safer place than where you shoot, if you were to dedicate yourself to Alaska’s largest city in the same way you have here for long enough with the proper access you could capture as set of photographs equally horrific and disturbing as these.

    Anyway, you are right that people should know about this, yet you don’t express the expectation your ongoing series of essays will improve the situation. So you are talented, driven and realistic. I can’t help but wonder what your unexpressed, inner motivation to immerse yourself in this most dark aspect of society is.

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