Johis Alarcon

Quito, Ecuador


Ecuadorian, b. 1992

Johanna Alarcón is a photographer and storyteller based in Ecuador. Her work is focused on social justice, identity, and gender related issues. She is a National Geographic Explorer, Magnum Foundation Social Justice Program Fellow, Joop Swart Masterclass Participant and World Press Photo 6x6 Global Talent South America recipient.

She has worked for a wide range of publications such as The New York Times, National Geographic, The Guardian, De Volkskrant, Bloomberg and Reuters, amongst others. She is a member of Ayün Fotógrafas, Fluxus Foto, Visura.Co, Women Photograph, Fotoféminas, and Diversify Photo. She was selected for the New York Times portfolio review, Eddie Adams and Women Photograph Workshops.

Johanna's work has been recognised by organisations and contests such as the Community Awareness Award POYi (2021), POYLatam (2021), FotoEvidence Book Award - CovidLatam (2021), Grantee of COVID-19 Magnum Foundation Found (2021), Open Society and Gabo Foundation's fund for investigations and new narratives on drugs (2020), Will Riera Award (2019), Everyday Projects and Visura Co Mentorship (2018-2019), AECID Africamericanos Grantee Ecuador (2018), Tutor of the 20f Campament in Bolivia (2018), Honorable Mention in the photobook competition RM (2017).

She is based in Quito, Ecuador, working on long-term projects and frequent assignments.

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This project explores the daily life of the younger generation of indigenous people in Ecuador who are charting a course that is free from the legacy of colonialism.

Women and Afro Spirituality in Ecuador In Ecuador today, the daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters of black women who survived slavery keep their African roots alive in their spirituality.