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Ana María
Arévalo Gosen

Visual Storyteller

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, shaped by our mighty world, and currently based in Madrid, Spain, I am a fighter for women’s rights and chose slow visual storytelling as my weapon.

Mixing rigorous research with intimate stories, my ambition is to forge a meaningful difference through my work, leveraging every day as an opportunity to enact positive change.

I believe in the power of photographs to raise awareness and trigger lasting change towards social justice.

In recognition of my dedication, I was honored to become a National Geographic Explorer in 2020, delving into the complex narratives of migration from Venezuela.

My ongoing project, Dias Eternos, casts a revealing light on the harrowing conditions faced by women in pretrial detention and Venezuelan prisons. This work has captured the prestigious Leica Oskar Barnack Prize and the Camille Lepage Prize in 2021 and made it a finalist at the Human Rights Foto Festival in Barcelona in 2023.

Social impact through slow visual storytelling is my mission.

Social impact through
slow visual storytelling

1.8 billion images are produced every day. We live in the era of the “democratization of the image”. Images are not the creation of magicians, artists or niche professionals any more.

The fundamental difference between a photographer and a visual storyteller lies in the reason why they create images and tell stories – also called life purpose.

To us visual storytellers, photography is a vehicle to satisfy our curiosity and enable us to put our audience in the skin of those whose essence we capture, reveal and magnify.

In my field work of visual storyteller, I witness hopelessness in the eyes of my protagonists, who are usually in underprivileged and vulnerable situations. Through the creation of powerful stories, I advocate for minorities and give visibility to injustice.

What I ultimately want to achieve with my work is to raise awareness about social issues. I dedicate my life to trigger change and improve the human condition.

This is my daily mission.