has to be the eyes, the ears, and the voice of a people, serving those
who expect to see the news as well as those who create it. Most of all
I continue my role as a witness to the expressions of society, so I can
leave my pictures as a testimony of the times I lived in."
A self-taught photographer, Sandra Sebastian Pedro's major
influences have been the people who allow her to document the small
moments of their lives. A Maya descendant of the Guatemalan Qianjob'al
ethnicity, Sandra's work often depicts her nation's struggle with
gang-related brutality in unforgiving detail. With vibrant and often
jarring images of daily life in conflict-ridden Guatemala City, Sandra
strives to illustrate the lives of those impacted by gang violence.
Throughout her fifteen years as a photographer and nine years as one
of the few female newspaper photojournalists in Guatemala, Sandra
describes her work as "One of the most important things that has
happened in my life as a professional, indigenous individual, and as a
woman." She currently works as a freelance photographer for the
newspaper El Periodico of Guatemala as well as for the Associated Press.