Andrés Yépez

Photographer & Anthropologist
    
Der Eismann
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Nationality: Ecuadorian
Biography: Visual storyteller based in Quito, Ecuador. Member of  Fluxus Foto ,  Diversify Photo  and  The Everyday Projects . His work focuses on identity, memory and the relationship between humans and their environment, using... MORE
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Der Eismann
Copyright Andrés Yépez 2022
Updated Jul 2022
Topics Documentary, Essays, History, Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture
Summary
For more than sixty years, Baltazar Ushca ran up the highest mountain in Ecuador to cut ice out of the glacier and sell it in the marketplace - initially as one of many, in the end he was considered the last of his kind. But now his son-in-law has Juan took over this hard work. What drives him up?
For more than sixty years, Baltazar Ushca has walked up to ice mines of Chimborazo volcano, the highest mountain in Ecuador, to cut ice out of the glacier and sell it in the marketplace of capital of the province, Riobamba - initially as one of many, but currently he is considered the last of his kind. But now his son-in-law, Juan, has taken over this hard work. What drives him up?

Assignment for ZEIT Magazin

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Durante más de sesenta años, Baltazar Ushca ha subido a las minas de hielo del volcán Chimborazo, la montaña más alta de Ecuador, para cortar hielo del glaciar y venderlo en el mercado de la capital de la provincia, Riobamba, al principio como uno de tantos, pero actualmente se considera el último de su especie. Pero ahora su yerno, Juan, se ha hecho cargo de este duro trabajo. ¿Qué le impulsa a hacerlo?

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