Don’t go thinking the pictures you’re going to see next, commemorating the 20th anniversary of chavismo’s rise to power in Venezuela, show the exact reality of that time. Photography never does, it’s just meant to paint a portrait of a world and give birth to it at the same time.
It wasn’t easy to pick some images and leave others out. Rather than a chronological story in images of what happened each year, the search criteria was focused on observing the exact moment that often goes unnoticed and is only capable of exhibiting its true strength long after the click was made.
For a photographer, every image counts. Perhaps these images didn’t say much when they were taken, but time has changed them. Memories, longing and shock stir our emotions, forcing us to review our conscience and our behavior to realize that we were a part of that image. These images make us feel that we have some sort of responsibility for each event. Maybe, we stand where we stand because of our actions, our silence, and our incapacity to react to what was happening before our very own eyes.
Here are some of the most iconic and staggering images of chavismo’s first decade.
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