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Phone: 403.604.0887
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Biography

When I was 10 years old my family moved to Calgary, Canada from the Patagonia in Argentina, and although I have spent most of my life away from South America, I have never forgotten where I am from, the language I grew up speaking, or the foods that I so often crave.

Spending my formative years in Calgary, right after high school, the logical next step was university, which is where I attempted to study, however, towards the end of my freshman year, heartbroken and on academic probation, I decided to go away and start seeing the world. I left home, and for the better part of 4 years, after living overseas, seeing things I am yet to see again, I constantly thought to myself that if I had had a camera that I could control, I would have come home with tangible memories of those times and experiences.

Upon my return to Canada, I finally realized what I wanted to be when I grew up; a photographer. I talked my way into photo school (I had really never taken photos prior to this time although I always thought about making photographs since I had grown up with a darkroom at home, my parents and grandparents were photo aficionados...). Towards the end of my two year program at Langara College I got my first photojournalism assignment, I photographed Lauren Bacall.

The technical program I took gave me very practical tools, however, I wasn't able to express myself fully, I needed some direction in creativity, so, I decided to go back to school. I attended Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design where I received a BFA in photography and where I developed a keen interest in documentary photography (I had the honour of taking a workshop with Philip Jones Griffiths), which to this day is really where my passion lies.

Having spent a little time teaching photography at an arts institute for youth, I very much enjoyed this aspect of my trade, so, back again to school I went. This time, I attended the University of Florida where I earned a Masters in Journalism, and with it, the right documentation to teach at the collegiate level, which is how I spent the majority of my time while living in Florida.

So, after living in 6 different countries, changing my phone number more often than changing the oil in my car, and becoming a very efficient packer, I decided to plant some roots. I now live back in Calgary, Alberta.