Social issues

MARKET

24 Mar, 2015 | Nick Somers

A Photo essay by Nick SomersWhat is it that you need? Ingredients for your favourite meal, new furniture to match freshly painted walls, a new shirt for a night out at the bars? Perhaps that one speci...

TRANSPORTING A CITY

24 Mar, 2015 | Phoebe Roth

La Paz’s new cable-car transit system is changing the commute of both paceños and alteños—and transforming the city. Arriving in La Paz, one of the first things I noticed was the teleférico, the cable...

THE BAKERY IN A WOMEN´S PRISON

24 Mar, 2015 | Matilda Curtis

Economic self-sufficiency while incarcerated—con sabor It’s not easy to make a salteña.  The filling must be prepared the night before and refrigerated overnight. Construction is a delicate tas...

Coca: It’s Not Just Cocaine

24 Mar, 2015 | Oliver Neal

A licit market is slowly expanding for the Andes’ most iconic—and demonized—plant. The first clear liquor scorches the back of one’s throat but nicely warms the stomach. It’s known as Spirit of Coca...

INFORMAL, BUT ORGANISED

24 Mar, 2015 | Emily Cashen

Cash-in-hand workers wield their political and economic power through organisation and entrepreneurialism.  In a dusty lay-by overlooking the sprawling city of La Paz, champagne is flowing on a b...

BUYING FORTUNE

24 Mar, 2015 | Ali Macleod

Hidden in the witches´ market , burnt offerings bring fortune and well-being in Bolivia´s traditional mesas Money in La Paz can buy you large houses in the Zona Sur, 8 courses of Michelin-star-quality...

DREAMS ACROSS GENERATIONS

24 Feb, 2015 | Ali Macleod

One man’s life and the dreams of his daughters “I know it sounds funny, but I want to be a clown!” says Rina, laughing, wearing a half-guilty, half-thrilled grin. Then there is a pause. Rina cons...

THE BLANKET POLICE

24 Feb, 2015 | Nadia Butler

Raising a Baby in El Alto PHOTO: ALEXANDRA MELEÁN A. Doña Basilia rushes out of the store where I stopped to buy eggs, wrestles my baby from me, and wraps him tightly in a blue fleece blanket...

Putting Women First: The Mujeres Creando Daycare of Dreams

24 Feb, 2015 | Laura Wotton

It is 11AM on a Monday morning and twelve young children wielding plastic cars and picture books totter about in the brightly coloured basement of the Virgen de Los Deseos. An array of animal cushions...

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT CHAOS

24 Feb, 2015 | Nick Somers

Let the Queues Begin ‘Some parents have slept here since the first of January’, says Fidelia, who is queueing toward the end of a long line to enroll her youngest child, who is four and a half year...

RECONSTRUCTING MY PAST

24 Feb, 2015 | Christof Bex

A quest to find my Bolivian birth mother PHOTO: NICK SOMERS Every day I spend wandering through the streets of La Paz, I see scenes that are foreign to the world I grew up in. Cholitas pass b...

LIFE LESSONS FOR THE BOYS OF BOLIVIA

24 Feb, 2015 | Laura Wotton

Rethinking How to Be a Man An hour or so southwest of La Paz lies the town of Viacha, bustling but comfortably so, its maze of brown-faced buildings baking in the midday heat. Corner shops spill on...

THE UPBRINGING OF EVO

24 Feb, 2015 | Ali Macleod

The Travails of Young Morales On 21 January, Evo Morales was inaugurated as president of Bolivia for the third time at the ancient site of Tiwanaku, near Lake Titicaca, in a ceremony that mirrored I...

INTRODUCING: YESICA

24 Feb, 2015 | Laura Wotton

Yesica is eight years old, wears a bright pink top and a contagious smile. Sitting together in the early morning sunlight we talk boyfriends, animals and what she wants to be when she grows up. Wha...

A PEOPLE WITHOUT MEMORY IS A PEOPLE WITHOUT HISTORY

24 Dec, 2014 | Adriana Murillo

‘Bolivia has gone through incredible eras: the War of The Pacific, the Chaco War, and many other dramatic periods. Incredible photographs have been taken of all of these times,’ says Bolivian photogra...