DOCUMENTING ENVIRONMENTAL & DEVELOPMENT ISSUES : JULIO ETCHART
Julio Etchart has been covering environmental and development issues for more than 30 years. Most of his work for the global media and for non-governmental organisations has taken him all over the world. He started his career covering news and current affairs for the British and international press, but always felt that there were untold stories and background material that he never had the time to explore. So he got naturally drawn to the issues behind the big events. And the way to get into that other world was through partnerships with grassroots organisations and non-profits. This conversation and presentation of Julio’s photographs focuses on themes of the environment and his new project which deals with the problems of plastic in Southeast Asia and other parts of the developing world.
Julio Etchart grew up in Uruguay and later settled in Britain where he studied documentary photography at Newport Art College. He has since travelled round the world for the international media and has also worked as stills photographer, consultant and researcher for film and television companies. After being awarded a World Press Photo First Prize in the Environment category, he produced The Four Elements, a touring exhibition on ecological issues sponsored by the European Union. His long-term project on children at play around the world, Toys, was published by Mets & Schilt of Amsterdam in Dutch, German and English. Imagining Orwell is Julio’s latest photobook project, following the footsteps of George Orwell in Burma and Spain.
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