Bear Guerra is a photographer whose work explores the human impact of globalization, development, and social and environmental justice issues, often in communities typically underrepresented in the media.
In addition to editorial assignments, he is consistently working on long-term projects, for media outlets and other collaborators including social and environmental justice organizations, arts organizations, and local governmental agencies. His photo essays and images have been published and exhibited widely, both in the United States and abroad.
He was a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism for the 2013-2014 academic year at the University of Colorado - Boulder; a 2014 Mongabay Special Reporting Initiative Fellow; as well as a 2014 International Reporting Project Health and Development Reporting Fellow. 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 recognitions have included being selected for publication in American Photography (2005, 2015, 2016) and Latin American Fotografía (2014, 2016, 2017); an honorable mention in the 2012 Photocrati Fund competition for the same project; he was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in Photojournalism (2010).
In the past, Bear was the photographer and creative director for the (In)Visible Project - a mobile, multimedia installation that offers a human portrait of homelessness in San Diego, as well as a lead instructor at the AjA Project - a participatory photography program that works with refugee youth in San Diego.
A native of San Antonio, TX, Bear is currently based in Los Angeles, CA, USA where he lives with his wife and collaborator, journalist Ruxandra Guidi, and their daughter. Guidi and Guerra often work together under the name Fonografia Collective to produce local and international print, radio, and multimedia stories about human rights and social justice. Bear is also a board member and producer with the award-winning non-profit journalism collaborative, Homelands Productions.
Between 2016-2017, Bear (and Ruxandra) completed a year-long, multi-platform collaboration with Los Angeles' KCRW public radio station. Going Gray in LA: Stories of Aging Along Broadway. The project was funded by the Eisner Foundation, and is an intimate look at the lives of a diverse population of older adults as they confront the challenges of aging in the big city. The exhibition continues to travel throughout the Los Angeles area. Over the following year (2017-18), Bear and Rux completed another year-long storytelling project - South of Fletcher: Stories from the Bowtie - about a coveted post-industrial site along the LA River. The project was a collaboration with LA-based arts organization, Clockshop. And during 2018-19, the two are working on a storytelling project with the LA County Department of Regional Planning about LA County’s East San Gabriel Valley.
For more information, a CV, or other inquiries, please contact Bear directly.
Editorial clients/publications: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Pacific Standard, Le Monde, The Atlantic, Orion Magazine, Emergence Magazine, The Boston Globe Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, OnEarth, Pro Publica, National Public Radio, PRI's The World, High Country News, Marketplace, KCET, Latino USA, California Watch, Texas Monthly, Mongabay, Blankspot, Time.com, Earth Island Journal, The Epoch Times, Intercontinental Cry, O Magazine, Glamour, Ms. Magazine, NACLA Magazine, Yes! Magazine, World Vision Report, SEED Magazine, The Sun, The Walrus, Guernica, Shots, OmVarlden.
Nonprofit/NGO clients & other collaborators: International Rescue Committee, Doctors Without Borders, Lambi Fund of Haiti, Children's Environmental Health Institute, Community Water Center, Environmental Water Caucus, Collective Roots, Other Worlds Are Possible, Immigration Justice Project/American Bar Association, Fundacion Nueva Cultura del Agua (Spain), Chinatown Community for Equitable Development, St. Barnabas Senior Services, Jumpstart, Global Oneness Project, Quiet Pictures, Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning, Los Angeles County Library.
Grants/Support: National Endowment for the Arts, the Eisner Foundation, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Puffin Foundation, the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, Mongabay Special Reporting Initiative, the International Reporting Project, Christensen Fund/Project Word.
Books: - Life in Oil: Cofán Survival in the Petroleum Fields of Amazonia (2018). Collaboration with anthropologist, Michael Cepek, and published by University of Texas Press. - Agua, Rios, y Pueblos (2008). Published by Fundación Nueva Cultura de Agua (Spain)