Inti Media is a multimedia storytelling collective based in Lima, Peru, started in 2010. We tell stories for newspapers, magazines, non-profits and corporate clients using words, pictures and video. Emotion, connection and the unexpected drive us. Our work has been featured by the New York Times, PRI’s The World, GlobalPost, AOL News, Yahoo! Noticias en Español, National Geographic Traveler, Virtuoso Life, Men’s Journal, Nature, Catholic News Service and several nonprofit organizations, including Chemonics International, Pro Mujer, Center for International Forestry Research and Shared Interest, among others.
Oscar Durand is a visual journalist whose work focuses on social and environmental issues in Latin America.
His interest in visual storytelling began while he was studying industrial engineering in Lima, Peru, at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Upon graduation, Oscar moved to the United States where he launched his freelance career in New York City and soon after received recognition for his intimate documentation of migrant workers in upstate New York. From there his work took him to Michigan, Texas and Missouri.
In 2010, Oscar was part of Expedition Blue Planet, a National Geographic-sponsored expedition across North America led by Alexandra Cousteau. The 138-day, 17,100-mile journey documented water issues and their impact on ordinary people’s lives. In 2013 he joined Cousteau yet again for a 10-day expedition in Ottawa, Canada, to document the story of the Ottawa River.
Oscar returned to Peru in 2010 to start Inti Media with his wife Elie Gardner. A native of Lima, he is a graduate of the photojournalism program at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Elie Gardner is a photographer, videographer and educator with a passion for stories related to social inequality, women and the environment.
Before moving to Lima, Peru, in Decemeber 2010 she worked as a staff photographer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Previously, she was the online photo editor at the newspaper. While there she edited several multimedia projects and trained the staff in multimedia storytelling and editing. Reporting for Duty earned national recognition, including a regional Emmy award. In 2009 she was part of a team that was recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting for coverage of the Kirkwood City Hall shootings.
While in St. Louis, Elie also taught courses in multimedia production and photojournalism for Webster University. In the summer of 2009 and 2010 she led National Geographic Student Expeditions to Bar Harbor, Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. In the summer of 2012 she led two 10-day photo workshops in London, also for National Geographic Student Expeditions.
A native of Carrington, North Dakota, Elie graduated with honors from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism.
Living in a city of 8 million people has made Elie realize that she’s a small-town girl. She like adventures, meeting new people, nature, the color green, reading and eating, particularly Peruvian ceviche, her husband’s ají de gallina, pad thai, flourless chocolate cake and anything Mexican.