Oscar Durand is an independent journalist passionate about visual storytelling.
His interest in photography began while he was studying industrial engineering in Lima, Peru, at Pontificia Universidad Catolica. Immediately after graduation, Oscar moved to the United States with the goal of launching his photography career. He graduated from the photojournalism program at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
From 2010 to 2014 Oscar was based in Lima, Peru. During this time he co-founded Everyday Latin America.
Along is his wife Elie Gardner, he is part of a team currently working on a documentary film about Yawar Fiesta, the Peruvian tradition of bullfighting with condors. The documentary was successfully funded through Kickstarter and will be released in late 2015.
Elie Gardner is a photographer, videographer and educator with a passion for stories related to social inequality, health and the environment.
Discouraged by the quality and lack of coverage of Latin America, in July 2014 Gardner co-founded Everyday Latin America. The goal of this Instagram community is to give a fresh and authentic perspective of Latin America through photojournalistic documentation of everyday life with mobile phones.
Previously she worked as a staff photographer and multimedia editor at the St Louis Post-Dispatch. While in St. Louis she edited several multimedia projects and trained the photo staff in multimedia storytelling and editing. “Reporting for Duty” earned national recognition, including a regional Emmy award.
While in St. Louis, she also taught courses in multimedia production and photojournalism for Webster University and led National Geographic Student Expeditions to London, Bar Harbor and Ecuador.
Elie graduated with honors from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism.