Karen Toro

Freelance photographer @ Women Photograph / Fluxus Foto collective

Quito, 1990. My work in the artistic and photographic field is related to issues of human rights, migration, education and gender. My work combines the photographic discipline with teaching at different levels and areas related to... read on
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Focus: Photographer, Photojournalist, Researcher, Documentary, Author, Arts & Culture, Freelance, Humanitarian, Assignments, Educator, Professor, Explorer, Human Rights, Investigation, Artist, Education
Skills: Research, Copy Editing, Image Archiving, Digital Printing, Photo Assisting, Historical Processing, Color Correction, Photo Editing, Black & White Printing, Color Printing, Print Making, Curating, Exhibition Design, Photojournalism, Retouching, Film Processing, Film Photography
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Primary clients: Media, NGOs, Private Institutions.
Coverage Regions: Latin America
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Years of experience: 6 to 10
Quito, 1990.

My work in the artistic and photographic field is related to issues of human rights, migration, education and gender. My work combines the photographic discipline with teaching at different levels and areas related to education, art and technology.

My work is based on the belief in the social importance of photography as a way to relate, make visible and support the work of historically vulnerable movements, so my work aims to build a dignified, empathetic and respectful look towards various groups such as peasants, indigenous people, women, educators, people in human mobility, environmental groups, LGBTIQ+, defenders of territories, and others.

Jorge Mantilla Ortega Award in the Photojournalism category (2020). Member of Women Photograph, Fluxus Foto collective and Ecuadorian Photographers Association.
Production grant from the National Geographic Society 2020 Emergency Fund for Journalists (Fluxus Foto). Selected artist for the MUFF/Caminos Conjuntos 2020-2021 program of the Centro de Fotografía de Montevideo (Uruguay) and finalist of the IV Edition of the Brazil Emerging Art Award 2019.

As a photographer she has worked for NGOs such as Plan International and the Scalabrinian Mission of Ecuador, she has published her work in local and international media such as: Human Rights Watch, Spotlight Initiative, Amapola Periodismo (mx), Pie de página (mx), Interferencia (cl), Zero Grados (esp), LATFEM (arg), La Vaca (arg), El Salto (esp), Amerika21 (ale), Lateinamerika Nachrichten (ale), Mundo Diners, El Comercio, GK, Vistazo, La Tecla-R, Radio Cocoa, La Periódica, La Andariega.

Exhibitions: 
- Love and Politics; how to live together? (Brigada Kitoh) at the Valparaíso International Photography Festival, 2021.
- Education through WhatsApp (Fluxus Foto) at the UNDP stand of the Photoville Festival 2020 in New York.
- Brazil Award 2019, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito, February - December 2020.
- Women's stories through art, National Court of Justice of Ecuador, March 2020.
- Narrativas Transitorias at No Lugar - Arte Contemporáneo, 2019.
- MAPPA (Cátedra de Café), Fundación Un Lugar Aparte, 2018.
- Bicycles, Fior de Lise, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013. Work acquired by the Dansk Cyclist Forbund.
- Foto-Graffi-Arte, La ventana indiscreta, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2010.