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3. Create in-depth, long-form and truly lasting content

EN: The sky is coming down / The end of the world - from the series Yanomami Dreams (2002). ES: El cielo se viene abajo / El fin del mundo - de la serie Sueños Yanomami (2002). PT: Desabamento do céu / O fim do mundo - da série Sonhos Yanomami (2002).
Photo/foto: Claudia Andujar

Listen carefully and pay close attention to the demands, concerns, sensibilities, and priorities that communities raise over time, striving to be responsive and agile within fast-changing conditions. 

The effort to protect and maintain forests is not a short-term one, but a continuing goal. Strengthen your work with values that reflect a significant depth of time spent among the people you work with through long-term engagement with, and commitment to, Indigenous movements. Immerse yourself in the life of communities while appreciating local perspectives, natural cycles, and the role that ancient forests play in the long-term preservation of ancestral cultures.

In 2016 and 2017, Mexica/Otomi photographer Josué Rivas spent seven months covering the Standing Rock protests. Members of over 300 Indigenous Peoples joined thousands of other supporters to resist the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, that risked endangering the water supply for thousands of people.


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Actions that only consider short-term gain, quick return, and immediate success will increase the risk of exploitation and misrepresentation. Wherever possible push beyond brisk fieldwork to generating content that has a lasting impact. Cultivate a slower and deeper understanding of forest stories and their relationship to climate change.

Claudia Andujar came to ... the Yanomami lands ... She wore the clothes of the Yanomami, to make friends. She is not Yanomami, but she is a true friend. She took photographs of childbirth, of women, of children. Those who do not know the Yanomami will know them through these images. My people are in them. You have never visited them, but they are present here. It is important to me and to you, your sons and daughters, young adults, children to learn to see and respect my Yanomami people of Brazil who have lived in this land for many years.”

Davi Kopenawa, Yanomami spiritual leader and spokesperson

Claudia Andujar has photographed and worked with the Yanomami since 1971. Her connection and commitment to the Yanomami led her to co-found the Pro-Yanomami Commission, starting multiple campaigns advocating the upholding of their rights, such as the historic demarcation of their lands in 1992.

Urihi-a - de la serie The House (1974), cortesía de Galeria Vermelho. Imagen tomada con película infrarroja, para explorar la representación visual de la espiritualidad yanomami.
Crédito de la foto: Claudia Andujar

In the early 1970s, Brazil’s military dictatorship began construction of the Perimetral Norte highway to open up the northern Amazon and facilitate logging, ranching and mining. The project brought many outsiders into the region, spreading deadly diseases, gravely impacting the Yanomami social fabric, and causing the disintegration of many villages. 

EN: Military airstrip in the Surucucus region - from the series Consequences of Contact (1983). Courtesy of Galeria Vermelho. ES: Pista de aterrizaje militar en la región de Surucucus - de la serie Consecuencias del Contacto (1983). Cortesía de Galeria Vermelho. PT: Pista de pouso militar na região de Surucucus - da série Consequências do contato.1983. Courtesia da Galeria Vermelho
Photo/foto: Claudia Andujar

When Andujar photographs and denounces this situation in 1977, the Brazilian military regime expels her from Yanomami territory. This only strengthens her commitment to the Yanomami cause, leading her to found the Pro-Yanomami Commission and devote herself to the defence of the territorial and cultural rights of the Yanomami.

EN: Group of Opiki thëri, on the Perimetral del Norte highway (abandoned), Ajarani (BR-210) - from the series Consequences of Contact (1981). Courtesy of Galeria Vermelho. ES: Caption: Grupo de Opiki thëri, en la autopista Perimetral del Norte (abandonada), Ajarani (BR-210) - de la serie Consecuencias del Contacto (1981). Cortesía de Galeria Vermelho. PT: Pista de pouso militar na região de Surucucus - da série Consequências do contato.1983. Courtesia da Galeria Vermelho.
Photo/foto: Claudia Andujar

To me, it's not about photography. Photography is a key to produce amazing human encounters. Then, intimate images arise as a consequence of those human encounters and not the other way around. At the end of the day, we are all humans. But sadly, when holding a position of privilege, we often forget that."

Pablo Albarenga, documentary photographer and visual storyteller, Uruguay, who spent 3 months accompanying Sonia Guajajara and her campaign team during her historic candidacy as the first Indigenous woman to stand on a ticket for the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil.

EN: Sonia Guajajara stops over in Santarem as part of her electoral campaign and meets with Indigenous women from the Tapajós river region, a “hydro-meeting”. ES: Sonia Guajajara se detiene en Santarém como parte de su campaña electoral y se reúne con mujeres indígenas de la región del río Tapajós, un “hidro-encuentro”. PT: Sonia Guajajara passa por Santarém, em sua campanha eleitoral, e se reúne com indígenas da região do rio Tapajós, um “hidro-encontro”.

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This report provides the foundation for this web-based resource. Commissioned by Climate Visuals and produced by Nicolas Salazar Sutil with picture research by Jaye Renold, it includes conversations with Indigenous leaders and photographers, media stakeholders and NGOs in 10 countries.