Editor's Note: Curated by Cameron Peters, this 6-part feature, released over the next month, aims to encourage publishers and brands to hire more freelance visual storytellers worldwide to grow your audiences through impactful imagery rooted in diverse voices, narratives, and modes of storytelling.
As we welcome 2023, Visura is delighted to highlight success stories by 50 freelance visual storytellers, artists, and journalists worldwide, who worked to inform audiences with unique, compelling visuals.
"These images ignite resilience, connection, and mystery, causing us to pause and open up to collective transformation." - Cameron Peters, Platform Curator
At a time when the industry continues to inundate audiences with superfluous stock images or AI-regenerative visual content, Visura remains committed to empowering professional creators and buyers with easy access to unique and in-depth visuals. This 6-part feature is a glimpse of the incredible work that is being produced by freelancers today.
Caption: Image from the series Ojalá nos encontremos en el mar, about grieving my father in the aftermath of Hurricane María. This project is currently being exhibited in no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane María at the Whitney Museum of American Art from November 23, 2022 - April 23, 2023.
Ana Palacios solo show 'Las Habitantes' at the World Gallery in Madrid, Spain. Over the course of ten years, 'Las Habitantes' documents NGO projects promoting the rights of girls.
Caption: Maria Yolanda Ayang, 16, is from Añisok (Equatorial Guinea) and a student at the Vedruna school, whose students study part of their syllabus using tablets to bring technology closer to these young people and close the digital inequality gap with the West. She belongs to one of the few families that owns a smartphone in her village. She uses it to access Facebook Messenger to communicate with her friends and Youtube to watch music videos. February 18, 2019.
David Diaz photographs small-scale fishing and aquaculture Manabí, Ecuador, a project developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations while on assignment for Panos Pictures.
Caption: Heart Island, Ecuador. Pablo Vélez, Byron Zambrano, and Henry Zambrano are shell and crab collectors in the area. They search the mud amid the roots of the mangrove tree for the shells hidden under the roots. Sep 15, 2022.
Caption: Disrupt the silence, expose the systems that oppress neglect dehumanize survivors of domestic violence. Tracy McCarter at the Wall of Silence sculpture by Donna Ferrato outside the NYC Criminal Court in Tribeca. NY, NY, July, 2022.
SANNE DERKS(Based between the Netherlands and Cuba)
Sanne Derks' long-term project Rutopia, on the repopulation of abandoned villages in rural Spain, was published in The Washington Post, National Geographic Magazine in the Netherlands (print) and National Geographic USA (online).
Caption: Pere Lopez Guasa takes a skinny dip in the river near his house in Solanell, an abandoned village in the Spanish Pyrenees, where he bought a ruin and constructed a house to be surrounded by nature. Solanell, Spain. November 29, 2020.
Caption: Newtok is a Yup'ik (Indigenous) community in Southwest Alaska rapidly eroding into the Ninglick River due to thawing permafrost and an increase in storm surges caused by the climate crisis. Newtok residents Bernice John, Charlene Carl, George Carl and Albertina Charles wrote and drew their memories of the lost landscape on this photo taken from an airplane on July 26, 2019.
Caption: Horst and Anna. The last time they saw each other was 74 years ago, when Horst and his family were leaving home just as other Germans were fleeing the Russian army approaching East Prussia. Every year since the 70s Horst has been returning to this place. Anna spent 3 years of her childhood here. In 1942, she and her family were forcibly relocated from the vicinity of Bialystok (Poland) and assigned to work with a German farmer (Horst's father) in East Prussia. After the war, Anna returned to her hometown. She has been coming back to this place for several years.May 22, 2019. Perły, Poland. The picture is from the book "Zamalowane Okna" (Painted-over Windows).