Harrowing scenes of Venezuela on the brink of collapse

The weariness looks like exhaustion in these images from Venezuelan photographer Alejandro Cegarra.

The weariness looks like exhaustion in these images from Venezuelan photographer Alejandro Cegarra. His pictures show the Caracas park where he played as a kid, now in ruins, and a nearby McDonald’s, empty of customers because runaway inflation means a Happy Meal costs nearly a third of an average monthly wage.

Fear and Loathing in Venezuela

A photographer looks at those caught in the middle on the crime-ridden streets of Caracas, where the psychic landscape is emotionally draining.

Given Venezuela’s economic straits, long lines for food and the desire of many to live somewhere free of political strife, you’d think hitting the lottery would be a good thing. But for Alejandro Cegarra, there’s one number nobody wants to hit.

Getty Images at Visa pour l’Image 2015 – The Eye of Photography

Five international photographers from Getty Images are currently exhibited in part of Festival Visa pour l'image until to September 13th 2015 : Lynsey Addario (Syrian Refugees in the Middle East), Daniel Berehulak (The Ebola Epidemic for The New York Times), Alejandro Cegarra (Living with the Legacy of Hugo Chavez), Edouard Elias (The French Foreign Legion in the Central African Republic) and Omar Havana (Earthquake in Nepal).

The Best Latin American Photography

Mauricio Lima took top honors in Pictures of the Year Latin America, which highlights work done around the world by photographers from Latin America.

Mauricio Lima of Brazil has been named Photographer of the Year in the third Pictures of the Year Latin America contest. Daniele Volpe of Guatemala was awarded second place and Alejandro Cegarra of Venezuela took third in the same category, while Daniel Rodriguez of Portugal was awarded an honorable mention.

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After working for a year at an advertising agency, he quit to pursue photography as a fulltime profession. He has worked for Venezuela’s largest newspaper, Ultimas Noticias, as well as freelanced in his country for the Associated Press. Earlier this year, he was recognized in Magnum Photo Agency’s 30 Under 30 contest and was the first-prize winner of the Ian Parry scholarship. We asked Alejandro a few questions about his work and burgeoning career as a photographer.

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In The Other Side of the Tower, which has won this year’s Ian Parry Scholarship, 24-year-old Venezuelan photographer Alejandro Cegarra documents the tower’s occupants and the lives they were able to build in the decrepit high-rise.

Alejandro Cegarra Wins 2014 Ian Parry Scholarship | PDNPulse

Photographer Alejandro Cegarra, 24, has been awarded the 2014 Ian Parry Scholarship for “The Other Side of the Tower,” his project on people living illegally in the Tower of David, an unfinished skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela.  Cegarra will receive 3,50

This year’s “highly commended” photographer is Rahul Talukder of Bangladesh. Mario Wezel of Germany is the “commended” photographer.

Alejandro Cegarra – The Other Side of The Tower of David

Alejandro Cegarra The Other Side of The Tower of David ESSAY CONTAINS EXPLICIT CONTENT   The tower of David is a skyscraper located in downtown Caracas, Venezuela. The structure is 195 meters …

The tower of David is a skyscraper located in downtown Caracas, Venezuela. The structure is195 meters high, consists of two towers, and contains 45 floors. Construction began in 1990, but after a devastating economic crisis hit Venezuela in 1994, construction was abandoned. The building was 60% complete. 13 years later, in 2007, construction began again. This time however, it was not for its original purpose. Instead of office spaces, approximately 2,000 families invaded the space illegally.

Alejandro Cegarra: Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2014 « The Leica Camera

This year’s Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award was Alejandro Cegarra for his portfolio “The Other Side of the Tower of David,” which is dedicated to the squatters in an abandoned tower block in Caracas. In this video, Alejandro describes how he uses black-and-white photography to show the personal, inside lives of those who reside in a partially completed skyscraper.

Leica Oskar Barnack Award / internationaler Foto-Wettbewerb

Der Leica Oskar Barnack Award ist ein internationaler Foto-Wettbewerb für Fotografen. Ausgezeichnet wird zeitgenössische, herausragende Reportage-Fotografie.

The Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2014 goes to Alejandro Cegarra from Venezuela. His portfolio The Other Side of the Tower of David is dedicated to the squatters in an abandoned tower block in Caracas.