Juan Carlos is a storyteller specializing in documenting social issues and humanitarian crisis in conflict-affected societies as well as covering current international and national events while also pursuing personal documentary projects.
Born in El Salvador, Central America and then immigrated to the United States during the mid-1980’s settling in Los Angeles, California where I finished my secondary education and went on to attend California State University, Northridge, obtaining a B.A. in Arts with an emphasis in Interior Design. Upon graduation, I decided to apply my skills to photography and have since developed a vocation as a photojournalist.
Over the course of his career, Juan Carlos has photographed many recent political, social, economic, environmental, health,human rights and conflict issues in the United States, Latin America and the Middle East, focusing on under-reported issues and long-term projects,including the ongoing post-conflict situation in his native country of El Salvador.
Personal projects are part of being a photographer and I believe that the goal of a documentary photographer is to create images that can visually translate the reality one witnesses. Keeping in mind a critical eye and ethics. One does not take images; you make images, which are full of visual literacy. It is impossible to photograph a subject with objectivity, but it is possible to show a story with truth and without manipulating the events, which one is witnessing. The role of a photojournalist becomes more important when you hear the testimonies of a victim or when you witness the harm one human being causes another.
As a professional freelancer, I have done assignments, reportage and stories worldwide for many of the world’s leading publications. I still love shooting film especially monochrome for many of my long-term projects but I am fully digital for the current demand of the media industry.
Nowadays, I am based in San Francisco, California and San Salvador, El Salvador, but always moving.