photographer / FILMMAKER
National Photography Award 2010. Colombia
JOSÉ LUIS RODRÍGUEZ MALDONADO
Documentary photographer. He has been working for more than two decades on issues such as armed conflict, indigenous cultures and historical memory. He`s a teacher and founder of Visible Memory Productions. José Luis Identifies himself as one of the photographers who prefer natural light and silenced realities. Passionate about documentary exploration he defends participatory research as a work methodology. With one hand he holds his camera and with the other hugs his characters. That is the secret that allows him to capture moments of particular intimacy. In 2010 he was awarded the "National Colombian-Swiss Photography Award" for his project "La Casa Tomada", which was carried out with victims of forced displacement in Colombia. In 2019, he was named winner of the "Memory and Tolerance" contest organized by the Colombian and Mexican consulate in the city of Boston. In the year 2019 the Government of the United States grants him "The Permanent Residence for Extraordinary Ability". In 2017 he was nominated by the International Color Awards. In 2016 he was selected to be part of the book "Basta Ya" published by the National Center of Historical Memory, In 2014 he was the winner of the best portfolio award in the "Infrared" contest. On 2012 Jose Luis was a finalist in its category at the "Sony World Photography Awards 2012" and was selected among the best photographers in Latin America to present his portfolio io in the viewing made at the city of Santo Domingo, an event organized by the "Instituto Cervantes y Photoespaña"; In 2011 he was selected for the official Photoespaña exhibition and in 2009 he obtained the first position for documentary photography at the "El Fotón" contest in Madrid, Spain. Three books are part of his editorial work and he continues to work as a researcher, making visible what the mass media prefer to ignore.
"La Casa Tomada" es una serie fotográfica que retrata, en sus antiguos hogares, a familias que atrapadas en medio de un conflicto armado fueron desplazadas de un modo forzoso en el año 2000.
'El lugar vacío' cuenta la historia de cómo quince familias, víctimas de la violencia en Colombia, abren las puertas de su casas para reunirse con quienes asesinaron y desaparecieron a sus seres queridos.
La desaparición forzada de personas es el resultado de una decisión humana empleada para imponer terror. Las asociaciones de víctimas construyen herramientas para que las víctimas superen el miedo y perseveren en la búsqueda de sus seres queridos.
Una serie que muestra a la comunidad Arhuaca de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Un viaje a su tradición tras la muralla de la modernidad.
La 76, la 72 y la 85 son las últimas locomotoras que funcionan en la ciudad de Bogotá. Alrededor de 12 mecánicos de trenes trabajan día a día evitando que el último llamado aleje la tradición para siempre.