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My Most Difficult Image

By 6th April 2020April 21st, 2023No Comments

French and Spanish photographer Catalina Martin- Chico studied at the International Center of Photography in New York.

She has been documenting Yemen and The Middle East for eight years. Other projects include coverage of the lost nomads of Iran, the lives of members of the Amish community in the US, and women who belonged to FARC, The Revolutionary Armed Forces in Colombia.

As part of the peace agreement signed with the Colombian government in 2016, these women officially laid down their arms after fifty years of armed struggle. They represented almost 40% of FARC’s guerrilla fighters. In a series of revealing images, Catalina shows how their lives have changed, as they rediscover motherhood after having lived for so long with a prohibition on pregnancies. Those who did become pregnant had to abort or abandon the newborn baby. Catalina sees the birth of these babies mirroring the rebirth of Colombia.

Catalina works for numerous French publications including GEO, Le Monde, ELLE, Le Figaro, VSD, as well as for the New York Times, Sunday Times, and Der Spiegel, amongst others. She won the VISA d’Or Humanitaire of the ICRC at Visa pour image festival (2011) and in 2019 one of her photos was nominated for the World Press Photo of the Year award.

Interview by Jane Quinn

All images © Catalina Martin-Chico

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