Aren’t we all CoverJunkies: The California Sunday Magazine feat Mateo Gómez Garcia

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Mateo Gómez Garcia was born in Bogotá in 1988. He studied photography in Argentina with Juan Travnik, Ataulfo Perez Aznar and Alberto Goldestein. In 2009 he came back to Colombia, where he currently lives and works. His photographic language uses the documentary form to create a more pictorial vision of the different communities and urban landscapes he discovers. He portrays the life of people we tend to ignore. Some do tell us the complexities of living in the big cities, others instead take us deeply into a very exclusive environment, where people live in close communities and practice a series of rituals that Mateo Gómez Garcia looks at with a touch of humor and irony.

His photographs tell stories. The most recent one has been commissioned by The California Sunday Magazine. It tells the story of René and Juan Carlos, two young persons living in Bello, a very tough neighborhood of Medellin city that decided to escape from violence and drug trafficking by becoming priests.

In 2014 he published his first book A place to live with the publishing house La Silueta, a perfect combination of images and paper, showing the contradictions of a big city, Bogotá. More than a recollection of pictures describing the life in the city, the book is a very ironic portrait full of little stories and happenings the photographer experienced while walking at the margins of the city.

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3 July 2018
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