Cubans Honor Fidel, Armed Forces

HAVANA, Cuba, 2 January 2017 – Cuban citizens carry posters of Fidel Castro as they march through the Plaza de la Revolucion during a march in honor of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias (FAR), or Revolutionary Armed Forces. This was a quiet, even somber event. It took place only weeks after the death of Fidel Castro, […]

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Fishing on Bobonaza River

SARAYAKU, Ecuador, 1 July 2015 – This is one of the more extraordinary scenes I captured during my three-week visit to the Ecuadoran Amazon. Here, in the autonomous, indigenous region of Sarayaku, Kichwa Indians of the seven communities that make up the region join a fishing expedition on the Bobonaza River. Members of the communities […]

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Workshop on Religion and Violence Opens at CLALS

WASHINGTON, DC, 14 January 2013 — The workshop, “Religious Responses to Violence in Latin America,” opened Monday at the Founders Room of American University’s (AU) School of International Service. The two-day event is hosted by AU’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS), headed by director Eric Hershberg. The workshop brings together some of […]

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Backpack Journalism Blog in Top 20 of “Best Sites”

GUATEMALA CITY, 5 January 2013 — has named my Backpack Journalism blog as one of the top 20 on the web for journalists. In an announcement issued this week the organization said, “Bill Gentile is the pioneer of ‘backpack journalism,’ a term that describes the mapping of emerging techniques and technologies for visual storytellers. […]

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AU Takes Sony’s New DSLR Cameras to Cuba Semester

HAVANA, Cuba, 9 September 2012 — I meet with AU Abroad students at their hotel in Havana, Cuba, during the first days of their semester in Cuba, which began 5 September. On the far right is Carlos Ernesto Escalona Marti, who is teaching my “Photojournalism and Social Documentary” course this semester. I’m in the green […]

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Register Today for Backpack Documentary Expedition: Nicaragua

WASHINGTON, DC, 9 June 2012 — Registration is open for the second “Backpack Documentary Expedition: Nicaragua,” scheduled for 12-23 July 2012. Above, a young Nicaraguan works the land near her home just outside the capital of Managua, during the 2011 Expedition. I accompany participants to the Central American nation of Nicaragua for an immersion in […]

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