2020 / People / Culture

Amazon Love

  • Company
    Photography by Studzinski
  • Photographer
    Robert Studzinski

My passion is telling the stories of indigenous and endangered peoples struggling for survival. My time with the Yanomamo along the Siapa was like tough, relentless, sweaty dream I wish I could return to. Here my fictive sister and I are visiting a neighboring shabono- always a risky venture. The correct response is the be totally cool.

I've spent 39 years, off and on, documenting the cultural past, alive today, and the struggles of people in resistance. I also spent 30 years on the streets as a parole officer for juvenile felons. I've accompanied war refugees in Guatemala, El Salvador and Chiapas and nomads in Venezuela and Ladakh. I've documented traditional, village textile-making in Laos, Mali, Guatemala and Mexico, as well as food sovereignty in Bolivia, Oaxaca and the Italian Piedmont. I've worked on recovery efforts with Habitat for Humanity in Haiti and post-Katrina Mississippi with kids on probation.