Biographical Details – Pedro Guzmán

Pedro Guzmán was born in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, in 1959. He started work as a photojournalist in 1976 at the El Nacional de Ahora newspaper, and went on to work for most of the country’s other main newspapers. He is a founder member of the Dominican College of Journalists (CDP).

In the 1980s he worked as a freelance war correspondent in Central America for several international news agencies.

He has worked for several international development/aid agencies, including UNICEF, United Nations Population Fund, Oxfam GB, Helvetas and GTZ.

He has covered a range of international events, like the United Nations Millennium Summit in New York (2000), the Lomé IV meeting of ACP countries in Libreville, Gabon (1997), several meetings of the Socialist International, the General Assembly of the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Summit of Ibero-American Heads of State in Panama (2000) and was the official photographer for this event when it was held in the Dominican Republic in 2002, and most recently the World Summit of the Society of Information in the Dominican Republic (2003).

His work covers the Caribbean region, Central America, South America, Asia, Europe and Africa and has been exhibited in Santo Domingo, Caracas, New York, London, Oxford, Gibraltar and Paris.

On his home ground he has been awarded several prizes, including Press Photographer of the Year (1983), ‘El Gordo del Año’ (1985) for television stills photography, and a prize for journalism from the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (1986). He has also been honoured by the Dominican Press Photographers Association and by the Nicolás de Ovando Arts Centre.

Away from the DR he received a mention in the Latin American Journalism prize and the 26th July National Journalism prize, in Havana, Cuba, for a feature on child labour (1991).

He has served on the panel of judges of various photography competitions and his work has illustrated books (most notably the front cover of the first edition of the controversial ‘Falsificaron la Firma de Dios’ by Viriato Sención) posters and catalogues for well-known writers and artists from the Dominican Republic and further afield.