Pablo Corral Vega celebrates World Water Day with Knight Center’s friends

Photo by: Pablo Corral Vega

Wedding of Geovanny Aguilar Carlozama and Cristina Churuchumbi in Zuleta. The community is so closely tied to the Hacienda, that guests are always invited to participate in the events and fiestas that take place in the town.
Former Knight Center for International Media's Resident Professional, Ecuadorian Pablo Corral Vega, was back at the University of Miami to join in the celebration of World Water Day and discuss the next steps for Nuestramirada, a social and professional network for Latin American photographers and photojournalists.

The network, part of Corral Vega's tenure with the Knight Center at the School of Communication, has taken a life of its own. In six months, it has grown to almost 1000 members.

"We are now thinking about the future of Nuestramirada, " Corral Vega said, adding that he is looking to expand the network beyond its current format. "We want to create a platform that is specifically designed for photographers and journalists, just for Nuestramirada," he said.

The Knight Center celebrated World Water Day at the University of Miami with the screening of "One Water," an award-winning documentary produced by UM faculty. The film, co-directed by Sanjeev Chatterjee and Ali Habashi and filmed in 14 countries over a period of six years, focuses on the scarcity of potable water and ways people throughout the world deal with it.

Chatterjee, Knight Center's executive director and SoC vice dean, was pleased Corral Vega could be part of this special celebration to build awareness of the world water crisis. "I am thrilled at the possibility of a long term relationship of the Center with professionals of Pablo's stature," he said.

Corral Vega's latest photographs have just been published at the April issue of National Geographic Traveler. He captured through his lenses the transformation of traditional "haciendas," old farms, into small countryside hotels in Ecuador.

"National Geographic had an interesting idea," Corral Vega said. "They wanted to show places that are completely sustainable and closely connected to the community."

Corral Vega said the work was about a sense of belonging and meant a change of pace for him, too, who is often working abroad and does not get a chance to photograph his own country.

"It is sometimes wonderful just to be close to home and see my people, my mountains," Corral Vega said.

Posted on March 26, 2009