With his Leica M240, Alvaro Ybarra Zavala created a reportage for TIME magazine, detailing the free fall of Venezuela – a country which is on the brink of collapse despite its vast abundance of oil. The food lines, or ‘la colas’, are progressively growing, and are no longer confined to the slums of big cities. Even in traditionally middle-class neighbourhoods, people spend hours queuing up for food and other aid supplies. Ybarra Zavala has created a number of previous reportages on Latin America. In Venezuela, he captured not only people’s poverty but also their anger, which frequently escalates into protests against the government.

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Camera & Lens

Leica M (Typ 240) / Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 Asph


Álvaro Ybarra Zavala

Born in Spain in 1979, Ybarra learned photography from his grandfather when he was still a child. The only official training he got was at a Joop Swart Masterclass in 2009, for which he was selected by The World Press Photo Foundation. 2011 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography for his reportage of Colombia’s civil war. Represented by Getty Images.

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