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Oct 2, 2014
Oct 2, 2014
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Illustrating Venezuela’s surreal prices

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Caracas, Venezuela

By Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Finding images to accompany economic stories has always been a challenge. There’s a temptation to be repetitive and you sometimes end up illustrating, yet not informing properly. I wanted to do something more significant this time to really capture Venezuela’s economic crisis and the way it is hitting people’s pockets. I’ve been covering – and, as a Venezuelan, living! – this subject for a long time but I’m weary of the typical photo of an old lady spending her few resources on food at a supermarket.

So this time I wanted to create images that would really make people sit up and see the story at a glance – namely the crazily high prices for simple everyday products. The idea was straightforward: photograph an item with a price tag showing its equivalent in U.S. dollars and emphasizing that further by pasting up the notes. Executing it, though, proved complicated.

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      "Born in Venezuela in 1979, I have worked as a freelance photographer since 2006. I joined Reuters as a stringer based in Caracas in 2007 and currently also work as a photography teacher at one of the most important photography schools of the country."
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