Sandra Sebastián nació en la ciudad de Guatemalan en 1976, de padres de la etnia q’anjob’al. A los 13 años empezó a hacer fotografías junto a su padre. Estudió la carrera de periodista profesional en la Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala y la licenciatura en Periodismo en la Universidad Panamericana. Ha trabajado como fotógrafa en distintos medios escritos del país. De 1998 a 2006 trabajó como reportera y fotógrafa en Siglo XXI y en elPeriódico. De una manera disturbadora, sus imágenes muestran cómo la violencia se ha incrustrado en la sociedad guatemalteca. Ha presentado la exposición individual Legado de violencia (2005) y las colectivas Por qué nuestros niños (2003) y El fotoperiodismo en Guatemala (2003). En el 2006 fue una de las cuatro ganadoras del Premio del Festival All roads de National Geograhic. Actualmente trabaja como fotógrafa independiente.

 

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Foto: Carlos Sebastián, Prensa Libre.

"One has to be the eyes, the ears, and the voice of a people, serving those who expect to see the news as well as those who create it. Most of all I continue my role as a witness to the expressions of society, so I can leave my pictures as a testimony of the times I lived in."

A self-taught photographer, Sandra Sebastian Pedro's major influences have been the people who allow her to document the small moments of their lives. A Maya descendant of the Guatemalan Qianjob'al ethnicity, Sandra's work often depicts her nation's struggle with gang-related brutality in unforgiving detail. With vibrant and often jarring images of daily life in conflict-ridden Guatemala City, Sandra strives to illustrate the lives of those impacted by gang violence.

Throughout her fifteen years as a photographer and nine years as one of the few female newspaper photojournalists in Guatemala, Sandra describes her work as "One of the most important things that has happened in my life as a professional, indigenous individual, and as a woman." She currently works as a freelance photographer for the newspaper El Periodico of Guatemala as well as for the Associated Press.

Sandra was a 2006 National Geographic All Roads Photography program awardee.
(Citado de Lowepro.com)

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