Karla Gachet

Ecuadorian b.1977~~Karla Gachet was born in Quito, Ecuador.~~She moved to the United States to go to college and studied art and graphic design in the Bay Area in California. One good day, she discovered documentary photography. Seduced by the power of storytelling with images, she decided to study photojournalism at San Jose State University. In 2004, she moved back to her homeland to explore it with fresh eyes. She began working freelance until one of the main newspapers in the country, Diario El Comercio, hired her in 2005. She worked there for two years, and became the first woman to be a part of their photographer’s staff.~~After leaving the paper in 2007, Karla started working on more long-term projects.

One of these consists of fourteen photo stories done on a road trip in collaboration with Ivan Kashinsky, her husband. These stories explore the diverse culture of five countries in South America. On December of 2009, they published a book called 'Historias Minimas, De Ecuador a la Tierra del Fuego' (Short stories: From Ecuador to the Land of Fire). Karla’s stories from this trip, as well as the book, have won awards in prestigious contests such as: World Press Photo and POYi.~~This year she was recognized with the third place in POYi Latin America, in the category photographer of the year. Her work has been exhibited in Quito, Cuenca and London.~~Karla has been published in The New York Times, Latina, AFAR, DuZhe Xinshang, El Ibérico, among others.

 

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    USA

    Inside a lift in a building in New York.

    © Karla Gachet

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    CHILE

    A couple reflected in a mirror in a hotel room.

    © Karla Gachet

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    ECUADOR

    A female performer at the Doll House, a strip club in...

    © Karla Gachet

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    ECUADOR

    A child, dog and cat stand by as a man butchers a pig...

    © Karla Gachet

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    ECUADOR

    A man holds a box of fireworks during the carnival...

    © Karla Gachet

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    ECUADOR

    Twin sisters stand outside a school building after...

    © Karla Gachet

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    ECUADOR

    A man plays Bingo in a popular venue in old Quito....

    © Karla Gachet

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    ECUADOR

    Dancers of La Morenada, their legs splattered with...

    © Karla Gachet

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    ECUADOR

    Purple clad Cucuruchos during a Good Friday...

    © Karla Gachet

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    PERU

    A group of men dressed in Condor costumes during...

    © Karla Gachet

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    CHILE

    The ruined entrance gate of the 19th Century nitrate...

    © Karla Gachet

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    ECUADOR

    Yessenia Aguayos walks down a staircase in her...

    © Karla Gachet

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    ECUADOR

    Spectators watch the events during the annual Rodeo...

    © Karla Gachet

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    ECUADOR

    A man stands with his rooster before it fights.

    © Karla Gachet

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    ECUADOR

    Pedro and Catalina Franco sit, surrounded by family...

    © Karla Gachet

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    ECUADOR

    People wait for their turn to dance during a...

    © Karla Gachet

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    ARGENTINA

    People watch Ceci and Meme tango dance outside a...

    © Karla Gachet

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    CHILE

    Fruit and vegetables for sale at the La Vega Central...

    © Karla Gachet

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    BOLIVIA

    A portrait of two sisters in traditional dress...

    © Karla Gachet

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    ECUADOR

    A man selling keyrings during the carnival...

    © Karla Gachet

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    BOLIVIA

    A dog searches for scraps inside a rubbish barrel in...

    © Karla Gachet

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