Nicolò Filippo Rosso - LOBA

Over the last five years, the Italian photographer (born 1985) spent periods of weeks and months in La Guajira, a Colombian peninsula that is home to the indigenous Wayúu people. Border struggles, a lack of water, poverty, coal mining in the middle of a desert, being a transit point for migrants and smugglers; all give rise to the toughest of living conditions.

Perspective | Forgotten in the dust of northern Colombia

An immersion photographer has spent much of the past two years with the Wayuu.

Italian photographer Nicolò Filippo Rosso first told me about his work in the Guajira when I met him in Colombia a couple of years ago. He wore a dusty leather jacket and a dirty backpack and told me he’d been sleeping in the desert and living on rancid goat meat for the past week. I bought him a salad and a cheeseburger.