(For my researcher profile, please visit here)

I am a Bolivian and naturalized-Italian researcher and photographer. I combine my research on socio-economic issues in low- and middle-income countries with photographic storytelling. In my pictures, I narrate fantastic and at times challenging stories with dignity and accuracy, moving beyond the stereotypical images of the Global South. I like to think that my work is a mix between Bolivian melancholy, Italian renaissance and Ugandan colors.

I am a strong supporter of increasing ethics in photography and in research; thus, I provide full information to the people I photograph, asking for verbal or written consent, as well as involving them in narrating the story (ethics statemenet thread).

Collaborations & in the media

World Bank Development Impact Blog, Photo VOGUEIFAD, World Bank, TechnoServe, CEGA, Heinemann Publishing, Ugandan Boxing Federation, IoGiocoPulito, TheBigIssue Australia,SupriseNGO, PetapixelFace2FaceAfrica, Portal Geledes, Fhox, Young Artists Exhibition A.Diffusée in Stockholm, Bolivia Fotografos:

Photographies in this website are copyrighted material and all rights are reserved.  If you want to use one of the pictures or for photography commissions contact me here:

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