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Seven Visions On Guayaquil

Renowned photographers share with Vistazo magazine different visions that they, through their lenses, capture on Guayaquil, the main port and the most populated city of Ecuador.


Manuel Aviles (Guayaquil, 1975)

During the last 20 years he has traveled Ecuador and part of the world capturing images of people, customs and landscapes.

“Photographing Guayaquil is challenging, it offers a range of possibilities. I try to show it diverse, of contrasts. Its multicolored hill allows admiring from above a modern city or a pair of fishermen in rustic canoes, keeping alive that traditional activity “.



Carlos Julio Gonzalez (Guayaquil, 1951)

“The development of Guayaquil allows many new opportunities for photography. You have to find them. I look for beauty, color, architecture, to show the classic as new.” Carlos Julio has dedicated much of his career as a corporate photographer to collect images of the urban landscape. His enormous collection of photographs of Guayaquil has been published in more than a dozen books of his authorship.



Ivan Navarrete (Babahoyo, 1967)

He graduated as a professional photographer at La Facso in 1990 and that same year he started as a photographer for the Vistazo Group, where he works until today. He won the “Jaime Mantilla Award” in 1998. “When you think that you have already photographed everything about Guayaquil, you discover new details, other angles, or a different point of view to look at.”



Maria Grazia Goya (Guayaquil, 1987)

“I try to see Guayaquil from the routine and the spontaneous. I feel that everything is very intense, the smells, the sounds … the heat. I seek to convey these feelings”. She is a graphic artist and filmmaker. She released her first documentary in the last Encounters of the Other Cinema (EDOC): “Hello, Sea”. She is currently working on her second film and living in Odense, Denmark.



Arcadio Arosemena (Guayaquil, 1964)

He has a long history as a graphic director in publishing projects. He was director of photography for the Vistazo Group, director of Estadio Magazine, and is currently the manager of Vive Magazine. Among his recently published photograph books are “All, you need is Ecuador” for the Ministry of Tourism, and one on the Heritage Cemetery.

“Guayaquil always has something unexpected, I think you have to go for a walk, let yourself be caught up to the rhythm that the city proposes and discover the new things that present us.”


Ricardo Bohorquez (Guayaquil, 1967)

He began documenting heritage and urban planning projects as a student of architecture. “From 1999, when Regeneration arose and I began to reside in downtown, I tried to document things that disappeared … architecture, labels, and life forms. From a moment however, that view would be a rediscovery of what was hidden within those spaces, the confrontations between the public and the private, a counter vision to the hegemonic view about the city. His archive includes images of cultural life, music scene, dance, theater, and nightlife activity of downtown.


Paloma Ayala (Guayaquil, 1986)

She has a master’s degree in contemporary documentary photography. “My photos tell the minimum, compact, simple Guayaquil. The best thing about photographing the city is to meet people in the streets and drink coconut juice along the way. But it is extremely difficult, as wherever you go with your camera there is a security guard preventing you, it is almost an extreme sport.

Source: Vistazo