Alejandra Rajal

Documentary Photographer
     
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Location: Mexico
Nationality: Mexican
Biography: Alejandra Rajal is a documentary photographer born and based in Mexico. Her vision focuses mainly on creating awareness of different realities through photographs, aiming to social conscience, empathy and sensibility to others. Currently, she... read on
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Aug 20, 2017

Last month I had the opportunity of being a student at the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Mexico City. I wanted to share a little bit of my experience there and the project I worked on:

Since we have only 5 days to develop everything I came with the idea of bringing a new project I would like to keep developing afterwards, and using these days as a learning curve to see what work and what didn´t, new approaches and of course getting the important feedback of my mentors: Oscar Castillo and Natalie Keyssar.

If it wasn´t good already I had the opportunity to have a portfolio review with Andrea Bruce, whom I deeply admire. And listened to the talks of amazing photographers, some of them such as Ron Haviv, Maggie Steber and Guillermo Cervera, touched topics rooted to my heart and I must admit I got a teary eye listening to their experiences.

To wrap it up, the topic I started to develop is about: Identity. How the Mexican youth see themselves in the future? Their dreams, aspirations, motivations... A lot of people talk about Mexicans migrating to achieve the so-called American Dream, but in here a big percentage of the youth is trying to reach also a Mexican Dream, and as soon as they finish their studies move to the capital since the idea and opportunities of professional growth are still very centralized. Here are some of my favorites shots that reflect the idea of this dream through their daily life.


Finally I would like to give a big thank you to all the foundry team who made this possible. I highly recommend attending to this workshop if you ever have the opportunity.


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