joana toro

Photographer and educator—Working in issues of immigration identity and social justice
    
Emeralds
Location: 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... read on
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Emeralds
Credits: joana toro
Updated: 04/21/16
Location: Colombia

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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Hello I am Kitty

By joana toro — Being an immigrant is an enormous challenge , this photo essay provokes a reflection on the status of Latin..
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Masked.

By joana toro / Meta,Colombia — Masked  (oodee, London, 2014) SOLD OUT San Martin, Meta is a town located in the middle of Colombia’s..
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Love Wins (Covid-19) ongoing

By joana toro — Residents of Jackson Heights in Queens line up to receive groceries from   Love Wins Food Pantry..
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TransLATINAS

By joana toro — ongoing project Translatinas, that explores the challenges and resistance of transgender women from Central..
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Samples of Book

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DACA Activists of New York

By joana toro / New York City — Dreamers are at risk of losing their DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) visa status. DACA is a..
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Dressing Room

By joana toro / Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, US — In the dressing room , of local LGBTQ clubs in Queens, New York the participants and audiences have many..
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Colombia on my mind

By joana toro / Colombia — I was born in a country with an on-going civil war, just like my mother and grandmother.  Colombia on..
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Nasa: Ancient Warriors.

By joana toro / Cauca Colombia — The Nasa or Páez people, are an indigenous ethnic group, with an estimated population of 70,000..
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Agriculture and Habitat

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Fashionistas

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Midwives Buenaventura

By joana toro / Buenaventura,Colombia — Daily work of a guild of midwives in Colombia's Pacific Coast. I enter the midwives’ association..
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