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Fermín Guzmán’s series “Chimalhuacán” has been selected as Honorable Mention by Isadora Kosofsky. Discover the Fine Art prints from the photographer’s series, and get a unique work of art.
Fermín Guzmán embarked on his photographic journey in 2008, drawing inspiration from the tradition of the great Eugene Atget, in the area of Chimalhuacán, Mexico.
As he started capturing images of the streets in his neighborhood, he aimed to depict both the stark realities of violence and poverty that were deeply ingrained in the community and the inspiring stories of the good, hardworking people who strive to survive and maintain hope for a better future.
For Guzmán, street photography transcends merely documenting rare or humorous moments, aesthetically pleasing colors, and images meant for social media consumption. Instead, it represents a form of pure anthropology, necessitating a humanistic approach that elevates the genre to a powerful medium for giving voice to the voiceless and immortalizing their stories in visual history.
The Human Face of Chimalhuacán
Through his compelling photo series “Chimalhuacán“, Fermín Guzmán seeks not only to showcase the place he hails from but also to share his personal experiences and perspectives on life in Chimalhuacán. His work serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the unyielding hope that drives individuals to persist in the face of adversity.
By highlighting the complex duality of hardship and hope within his community, Guzmán’s photography encourages viewers to delve deeper into the human experience, beyond superficial appearances.
His thought-provoking images prompt a more profound understanding of the lives and struggles of those who inhabit the streets he so poignantly captures, ultimately contributing to a richer, more nuanced visual history of Chimalhuacán and its people.
Eyeshot Magazine #10 | Open Call Edition
This is the tenth issue of Eyeshot Magazine always in limited edition of 500 copies, showcasing the thoughtful and creative photographs of the 70 talented photographers who have been selected as the winners, jurors’ picks and finalists of the Eyeshot Open Call 2022. The artworks were chosen from over 6000 photographssubmitted from more than 100 different countries, making this a truly global showcase of street and documentary photography.
Born in Mexico City, Fermín Guzmán is a talented Mexican street photographer who has made a name for himself by capturing the magic and uniqueness of his home country. Raised in the outskirts of the bustling metropolis, in the municipality of Chimalhuacán, EDOMEX, Fermín has always been drawn to the urban environment and its many stories.
Beginning his photographic journey in 2008, Fermín honed his skills through courses and workshops at prestigious institutions such as FARO de Oriente, FARO Tláhuac, and Centro de la Imagen. Though he discovered a myriad of photographic genres, he quickly found his true passion in street photography.
With a keen eye for detail, Fermín wanders the streets, camera in hand, in search of those extraordinary moments that can only be found in Mexico. He strives to present his surroundings from his unique perspective, with his camera as a constant and faithful companion.
The 2022 Eyeshot Open Call saw the submission of over 6.000 photographs by incredibly talented photographers from over 100 different countries. With the participation on an extraordinary jury composed of Marco Savarese, founder and editor-in-chief of Eyeshot, Magnum photographers such as Trent Parke and Emin Özmen, leading representatives of street and documentary photography scene – Vineet Vohra, Siegfried Hansen, Koci Hernandez , Mark Abramson and Isadora Kosofsky – and winners of the World Press Photo Award – Narelle Autio and Kitra Cahana – these artworks were selected for their visual storytelling, creativity, and style in conveying their unique observations of contemporary reality.
Street and documentary photography feel the urgency to elevate the streets of the world into theaters without requiring humans to perform. In front of each of these images, you can mirror yourself. Or you can also just look at them.
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