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, health and the environment.
Along with Oscar Durand and another colleague, she is currently editing her first documentary about the Peruvian tradition of bullfighting with condors. The funding came from a Kickstarter campaign and the film is expected to be released in late 2015.
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.