María Magdalena Arréllaga

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María is a Paraguayan American documentary photographer, photojournalist and visual storyteller based between Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Asunción, Paraguay working on stories about social, political and environmental issues in Latin America. María’s work seeks to delve into human responses to pressing socio-environmental issues of our time, contemplating our relationship with memory, identity and nature. She pursues an immersive and collaborative approach to storytelling, working closely with the people and communities she documents. María is a member of Women Photograph, Diversify Photo and The Everyday Projects (member of Everyday Latin America and co-founder of Everyday Paraguay), as well as a member of the Brazilian documentary collective Agência Farpa. In 2020 she was awarded a National Geographic Society Covid-19 Emergency Grant for a group project on single motherhood during the pandemic in Brazil and was recognized by The New York Times “Year in Climate” review for her reporting in the Pantanal. She completed her undergraduate studies in International Relations and Geography at the University of Texas in Austin and her graduate studies in Public Policy at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. María is a regular contributor to The New York Times, Bloomberg News and has had work published by The Washington Post, National Geographic Brazil and El Pais, among others.

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