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DIEGO VERGES, QUEERFEST 2012 PARTICIPANT

After a year graduating in Audiovisual Communication Degree from Universidad Complutense of Madrid, he traveled to Gabon in the summer of 2008, where he started to fall in love in documenting the Gabonese’s way of life. As soon as he was back in Spain, he published his photography work in Spanish magazines, Super Foto, which won him many Spanish national photography awards.

After a year graduating in Audiovisual Communication Degree from Universidad Complutense of Madrid, he traveled to Gabon in the summer of 2008, where he started to fall in love in documenting the Gabonese’s way of life. As soon as he was back in Spain, he published his photography work in Spanish magazines, Super Foto, which won him many Spanish national photography awards.

In 2009, he traveled again extensively in India and Nepal, documenting stunningly the untouchable cast in India and the Hindu Shadus in different temples in Varanasi, Kathmandu and Kolkata.

In 2010, he undertook his most challenging photographic trip. He traveled across Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Nusa Tengara and Papua; documenting many near extinction ancestral tribes. He ended his journey in the Philippines where he successfully documented an award-winning photo essay of the prostitution in Angeles City.

At the end of 2010, he also has traveled to Guatemala with Infacia con Futuro (NGO) working on an assignment about the people who is being helped by this organization.

Next year, 2011, he will be traveling to Ethiopia for a new project with the Tribes of Omo Valley and to document work of Intermon Oxfam in Addis Abeba.

Diego’s works were published extensively in many major magazines; Siete Leguas, Digital Camera, Super Foto, Light Magazine and Photo Creator. He was awarded the International Photo Awards, Luis Ksado photojournalism award, “Fotografia Solidaria ” DKV – Intermon award, XIV Premio Internacional de Fotografía Rafael Ramos García . He is now one of the Getty Image Global Assignment photographers.

Queerography photoexhibition participant.

ABOUT THE PROJECT:

The story of my Ludruk essay started exactly one year ago. I was doing an interview for The Light Magazine with Ignatius Untung as journalist at the end of my first trip to Indonesia, in 2010. He suddenly started to talk about different powerful photo stories and one of them was Ludruk.

I suddenly felt in love with the idea of an entire theater doing a traditional show performance by Lady boys. Was it more interesting when Ignatius told me that the Waria (transvestite in bahasa Indonesian) lived under the stage of the theater. I imagine and dream an entire essay telling the story of this small community.

One year later, in April 2011 I was again in Indonesia, in Surabaya. Ready to take a look at the theater, the performance and the subjects of my future essay. For this work I was helped by Ali Nurdin and Roy Goenawan, who made as assistance and translator of Javanesse language, the local speaking in Surabaya. First trouble was that no one of them had visited Ludruk theater for the last two years. I started to think the worst: No more theater, no more shows, impossible to do the photos. And was kind of like this, when the first night we went to the theater, was close. I was really disappointed...read further

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