~~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.
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.
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.