Ramiro Aguilar Villamarín

Photographer / Videographer / Documentarist
As long as the price is right
Location: Ecuador
Nationality: Ecuadorian
Biography: I am Ramiro Aguilar Villamarín (Quito, Ecuador – 1985), visual anthropologist, social communicator and journalist, specialized in video and photography. Since 2014 I have worked as a videographer, photographer and reporter for... read on
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As long as the price is right
Credits: ramiro aguilar villamarín
Date of Work: 01/12/20 - 07/18/20
Updated: 07/27/20
Location: Machala, Ecuador
On January 2020, I joined Romano Paganini, journalist and coordinator of the digital magazine mutantia.ch, in an investigation about the banana industry on Ecuador. The abuse of power, the violations on human rights and labor rights, corruption and pollution, all these have been the pillars of this multimillionaire business. Even though some international policies and initiatives have been implemented to transform this industry towards a more just, fair and ecological one, their foundations are intact. The exploitation and disregard for their base workers is still normal and undisputed.

My photographic work, along with the written article, was originally produced for Public Eye, a Swiss organization that fights for fair and responsible practices from the big corporations stablished on their territory. And this particular essay was published along with the Spanish translated article on mutantia.ch.
Solange der Preis stimmt: Eine Reportage aus Ecuadors Bananenplantagen.
Chiquitas Geschäfte in Ecuador und die prekären Arbeitsbedingungen in den Plantagen


By Ramiro Aguilar Villamarín —


Banana workers: exploitation for exportation

By Ramiro Aguilar Villamarín / Machala, Ecuador — Rain, heat, fumigations during lunch and a salary that doesn’t deserve such denomination: banana..

Who is Vanessa Landínez Ortega (2018)

By Ramiro Aguilar Villamarín / Ambato Ecuador — Portraying someone’s absence implies collecting their fingerprints, both those that remain in matter..

CumanBreak (2017)

By Ramiro Aguilar Villamarín / Quito, Ecuador — This coverage was made at the second anniversary of CumanBreak, a Community School of Break Dance in Quito...

Taki (2018)

By Ramiro Aguilar Villamarín / Tradiciones San Clemente — ‘Taki’, a Kichwa word meaning ‘music’. The story proposed in this sequence of images..

Amaru, Canto y Vida (2017)

By Ramiro Aguilar Villamarín / Tradiciones San Clemente — ‘Amaru, canto y vida’ is a musical group formed in the Kichwa Karanki community of San Clemente,..

Metrobus-Ofelia: a place without time (2014)

By Ramiro Aguilar Villamarín / Quito, Ecuador — This was my first project. It was developed as the final work for the Photonarrative and New Media Diploma..
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