Cristopher Rogel Blanquet : “Beautiful Poison” (Mexique)
Beautiful Poison is a long-term photography project documenting the public health problem associated with the unrestricted use of agrochemicals by the flower industry in the region of Villa Guerrero, Mexico. This project documents the life of four families in Villa Guerrero that have suffered child-loss, genetic disabilities and chronic diseases related to agrochemicals and entrusted Cristopher to tell their stories.
“To be named as one of this year’s recipients of the Eugene Smith grant is an honor, but even more importantly, it represents a responsibility,” said Cristopher Rogel Blanquet. “I have the opportunity to tell stories that should not exist, yet most of them are unknown to most. My commitment is to disclose them with responsibility and to guarantee the dignity of each person who trusted me to tell their stories with my camera.”