Ivan Kashinsky

Los Angeles, USA


American b.1977

~~Ivan Kashinsky first fell for photography after picking up his fathers Nikon, and eventually went on to obtain a Masters in Mass Communication at San Jose State University.

~~As a photographer he began by documenting his own teenage life, and since relocating to South America in 2004 has covered fiestas in the Ecuadorian Andes, the consequences of the eruption of Tungurahua, female Lucha Libre fighters in Bolivia the Cholitas, and the flower industry of the Bogot Savannah.

~~In 2009 Ivan set off with his wife and fellow photojournalist, Karla Gachet, on a journey from the Equator to Tierra del Fuego, producing together a rolling blog, the book Historias Mnimas, and an exhibition which showed at the Centro Cultural Metropolitano in Quito.

As the world’s population shifts from the countryside to the cities, the urban areas need to expand in order to hold the influx of people.

It was night.

It wasn’t clear if they were lovers or just friends.

“It’s not easy to catch a condor”, Americo Waman said.

The southern tip of South America, made up of the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego and thousands of smaller islands, is separated from the continent by the Strait of Magellan, where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans meet in tempestuous seas, and shared between Chile and Argentina.

Legend has it that mountains used to walk and talk like humans.

It sounds like a contradiction in terms, and in many ways it is.

Bolivia is one of several countries in South America which is home to communities of Mennonites, a group of Christian Anabaptists who migrated to the Americas from Eastern Europe in a number of waves from the late 17th century until the 1950s.

On their epic 7 month journey from Quito in Ecuador down to Tierra del Fuego at the bottom of the South American subcontinent, Karla Gachet and Ivan Kashinsky encountered myriad different communities, landscapes and experiences.

“Jallalla maestritos!

Richly adorned multi-storey mansions with elaborate turrets, balconies, pillars and adornments from across the history of architecture are not the first thing that springs to mind when one thinks of Roma, or Gypsies as they are disparagingly known across Europe.

The Yasuni National Park in the east of Ecuador, home to the indigenous Waorani and Kichwa groups amongst others, is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth, boasting the world’s highest density of amphibian, tree and bat species.

Every May, the small mountain communities of Acatlan and Zitlala in the Mexican state of Guerrero erupt in raucous celebrations during the Catholic Holy week which coincides with the beginning of the spring planting season.

The afternoon sun ignited the dust clouds as silhouettes danced along the mountain path between Salasaca and Pelileo.

Carmen Rosa works in a restaurant high in the Bolivian Andes.

It’s a painfully familiar story: a huge, ruthless oil company descends on a quiet, rural location, extracts vast quantities of crude oil with total disregard for the environmental pollution caused, then winds down its operation and leaves the wretched inhabitants of a blighted landscape to piece their lives back together while taking no responsibility for long term damage inflicted.

The Gringo The handsome Techno-Cumbia star took the Ñusta, an indigenous beauty queen, by the hand.

An industrial estate on the outskirts of the Colombian capital Bogota may not be the most romantic association most buyers of elaborate flower bouquets would want to make with their colourful and fragrant expressions of affection.

Once known as “Little San Francisco” and “The Jewel of the Pacific” for its vibrant atmosphere and hilly seaside setting, the Chilean port city of Valparaiso lost much of its status and trading traffic with the opening of the Panama Canal in the early 20th century and subsequently went into decline.