joana toro

DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER
  
Emeralds
Location: BOGOTA COLOMBIA
Nationality: Colombian
Biography: Joana Toro Colombian is a self-taught photographer based in both New York City and Bogota, Colombia.  Her work explores issues of immigration, human rights and identity and was featured on The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, World Press... MORE
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Emeralds
Copyright joana toro 2022
Updated Apr 2016
Location Colombia
Topics Community, Documentary, Latin America, Photojournalism, Travel

Colombia produces 55% of the world's emerald market. These prized gems, considered the best in the world, have been the source of intrigue and danger since long before the arrival of the Spanish Conquerors. According to the pre-Colombian tribe of the Muzos, emeralds were born of love, greed, and revenge. In modern times, the emeralds of Colombia continue to inspire stories of romance, greed, and violence. 

The “Green War” of the 1980s, in which the dead emerald zar Victor Carranza fought off the forces of Pablo Escobar who desired the emerald business for himself, claimed an estimated 25,000 lives. This work explore the relationship between violence and fascination for these prized gems.



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