Social Documentary Photography – Bolivia

Two children watch the embroidery work of a young woman in Marcoma, Bolivia.

This social documentary photography essay was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by Cinematographer & Photographer David Ozkoidi Roig.

 

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From “Bolivia – La Hija Predilecta” book by David Ozkoidi Roig.

 

Called by Simon Bolivar “The Favorite Daughter” Bolivia has been the most impoverished plurinational state, forgotten and less “favored” countries that has been plundered and still is being plundered in South America. They put Bolivia in honor of their Liberator (Simon Bolivar), but native peoples that have inhabited its diverse landscapes have never enjoyed such freedom. Among all people, children and women are the ones who have suffered the most, carrying out their own slow process of empowerment through associations and cooperatives. The recognition of their rights, positioning in a macho society strongly subjected for centuries, as well as the reporting of domestic violence is still a daily struggle of women and children in Bolivia. The book “Bolivia – La Hija Predilecta” shows this reality in the daily life of women and children from the Altiplano to the Jungle, putting the focus in a country often forgotten by the international press.

 

Mrs. Catalina two weeks ago broke her hip. Now she is taken to the hospital where they'll operate on her. The family has to pay 50% of the costs and only one of the grandchildren has a job. Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Mrs. Catalina two weeks ago broke her hip. Now she is taken to the hospital where they’ll operate on her. The family has to pay 50% of the costs and only one of the grandchildren has a job. Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Portrait of Maria, destitute of the Plaza San Sebastian in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Portrait of Maria, destitute of the Plaza San Sebastian in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

 Women begin to occupy the desks in vocational schools, universities, etc..

Women begin to occupy the desks in vocational schools, universities, etc..

The bonus "Juancito Pinto" is delivered in rural areas, far from urban centers, by the Bolivian Military Police. They deliver 200 bolivianos to each student who went to school all year round, regardless of the results.

The bonus “Juancito Pinto” is delivered in rural areas, far from urban centers, by the Bolivian Military Police. They deliver 200 bolivianos to each student who went to school all year round, regardless of the results.

 

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Alejandrina, Ian and Jaime watch television after the physiotherapy session for the deep burns. Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Alejandrina, Ian and Jaime watch television after the physiotherapy session for the deep burns. Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Mrs. Ana gives thirty meals per day with the help of local organizations that supports micro-businesses from single mothers like her. Trinidad, Bolivia.

Mrs. Ana gives thirty meals per day with the help of local organizations that supports micro-businesses from single mothers like her. Trinidad, Bolivia.

 Cala-Condore family lives alone in the deep valley of Saraga. Two older daughters are going to the nearest school located four hours by walking.

The Cala-Condore family live alone in the deep valley of Saraga. Two older daughters are going to the nearest school located four hours by walking.

 A group of young miners pose with the chief engineer of the Mining Cooperative of Colquechaca, Bolivia.

A group of young miners pose with the chief engineer of the Mining Cooperative of Colquechaca, Bolivia.

After dark in Colquechaca, some portals of lordly old houses, become improvised bars where miners drink beer until they lost consciousness.

After dark in Colquechaca, some portals of lordly old houses, become improvised bars where miners drink beer until they lost consciousness.

 

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