Fonografia Collective brings stories about human rights, the environment, and social issues to a wider audience, through print, radio, and multimedia storytelling.
We are a collaboration between print and radio journalist, Ruxandra Guidi, and photographer, Bear Guerra; other colleagues, and an audience. We are neither a media nonprofit nor a company, but we work together to advance our vision of what journalism and storytelling should be. Since the Spring of 2014, we have been producers and board members of Homelands Productions, a 25 year-old independent journalism cooperative.
Currently based in Quito, Ecuador, we are working on stories and projects throughout the region.
Ruxandra Guidi has over a decade of experience working in public radio, magazines, and multimedia, and has reported throughout the United States, the Caribbean, South and Central America, as well as Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border region.
After earning a Master’s degree in journalism from U.C. Berkeley in 2002, she assisted independent producers The Kitchen Sisters; then worked as a reporter and producer for NPR's Latino USA, for the BBC daily public radio news program, The World, the CPB-funded Fronteras Desk in San Diego-Tijuana, and KPCC Public Radio's Immigration and Emerging Communities beat in Los Angeles.
Throughout her journalism career, Guidi has collaborated with many other journalists, and produced magazine features and radio documentaries for the BBC World Service, National Public Radio, Marketplace, The Walrus Magazine, Guernica Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Atlantic, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Dispatches and The World This Weekend. She’s a native of Caracas, Venezuela.
Bear Guerra is a photographer who focuses on humanitarian, environmental, and social justice issues. He was a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism for the 2013-2014 academic year at the University of Colorado - Boulder.
In addition to editorial assignments, he often works on long-term projects, and collaborates with non-profit organizations working for human rights and on environmental issues. His photo essays and images have been published and exhibited widely, both in the United States and abroad.
In 2012, he was chosen as a Blue Earth Alliance project photographer for his ongoing project "La Carretera: Life Along Peru's Interoceanic Highway". Other recent recognitions have included an honorable mention in the 2012 Photocrati Fund competition for the same project; being named a finalist for a National Magazine Award in Photojournalism (2010). He has also been the recipient of funding from Mongabay, the International Reporting Project, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Puffin Foundation, the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, and the Christensen Fund/Project Word. A native of San Antonio, TX, Bear is currently based in Quito, Ecuador.
For more information, a CV, or to order exhibition quality prints please contact Bear directly.
Editorial clients/publications (partial list): Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Le Monde, The Atlantic, Orion Magazine, The Boston Globe Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, OnEarth, Pro Publica, National Public Radio, BBC's The World, California Watch, Texas Monthly, Time.com, Earth Island Journal, O Magazine, Glamour, Ms. Magazine, NACLA Magazine, Yes! Magazine, World Vision Report, SEED Magazine, The Sun, The Walrus, Guernica, and others.
all photos (unless noted) © Roberto (Bear) Guerra