Fonografia Collective believes in empathetic and culturally-sensitive documentary storytelling about everyday people around the world. We find and craft compelling stories about human rights, politics, the environment, and social issues and share them with the general public using radio, photography, the printed word, multimedia, public installations and events.
Since 2005, we've been working together to advance our vision of a more inclusive and diverse approach to nonfiction storytelling, focusing on communities and issues across the U.S. and Latin America that are often underrepresented or misunderstood by the mainstream media. As consultants with a variety of institutions, nonprofits, and individuals, we strive to do the same. We also run Story Tellers, a social media platform connecting storytellers around the world to each other, to gigs, and funding opportunities.
We are producers and board members of Homelands Productions, a 25 year-old independent documentary journalism cooperative. Until Spring 2017, we collaborated with public radio station KCRW on a year-long multimedia storytelling series about aging called "Going Gray in LA." At present, we are developing a storytelling project in conjunction with Clockshop, an arts organization in LA, and California State Parks.
Ruxandra Guidi has fifteen years 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, editor, and producer for NPR's Latino USA, the BBC daily 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. She's also reported extensively throughout South America, having been a freelance foreign correspondent in Bolivia (2007-2009) and in Ecuador (2014-2016). Currently, she is president of the board of Homelands Productions, a journalism nonprofit cooperative founded in 1989. She is a contributing editor for 47 year-old magazine High Country News, and she also consults regularly as a writer, editor and translator for a variety of clients.
Throughout her career, Guidi has collaborated extensively and across different media to produce in-depth magazine features, essays, and radio documentaries for the BBC World Service, BBC Mundo, The World, National Public Radio, Marketplace, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Orion Magazine, The Walrus Magazine, Guernica Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, National Geographic NewsWatch, The New York Times, The Guardian, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Atlantic, among others. She’s a native of Caracas, Venezuela.
Bear Guerra is a photographer whose work addresses globalization, development, and social and environmental 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 Los Angeles.
For more information, a CV, or to order exhibition quality prints please contact Bear directly.
Editorial clients/publications (partial list): The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Le Monde, The Atlantic, Orion Magazine, The Boston Globe Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, OnEarth, ProPublica, 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 on site (unless noted) © Bear Guerra. All rights reserved.