Ana María Buitrón is a freelance photojournalist born in Quito, Ecuador.
Her work uses photography to witness social problems. She delves into the search of identity, gender issues and environment. She also uses photography to invite young people in very poor areas of Ecuador tell their deepest stories with new narratives through audiovisual workshops.
Ana María studied journalism and communications at the Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito. Later on, she completed a master’s degree in Audiovisual Communication from UCA in Buenos Aires. She has also taken numerous photography courses, including in the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art, Foundry Workshops in Guatemala and Bali, and at the International Center of Photography in NYC.
As a freelance photographer, she is currently working primarily with NGO’s and private and public institutions. In 2014, she launched @EverydayEcuador, an Instagram blogging and community page featuring Ecuadorian documentary photography of everyday life, part of the Everyday Projects. The images presented on @EverydayEcuador have also been exhibited in numerous occasions worldwide.
Member of Fluxus Foto collective.
Awards & Exhibitions
2020 Exhibition at Photoville NYC, Education through WhatsApp 2020 National Geographic Emergency Fund for Journalist (with Fluxus Foto Collective) 2020 Finalist, Online Journalism Awards, project "Las mujeres que le ganaron al desierto" 2019 Selected to attend the Women Photograph Workshop. Quito, Ecuador. 2019 Award recipient at Eddie Adams Workshop 2019 Selected for Eddie Adams Workshop XXXII NY 2019 Winner of CODS funds for journalism in Latin America 2019 Exhibition, Residencia Existimos. La Paz, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, Sucre, Bolivia. 2019 Selected for 'Existimos Artistic Residence' on gender visual narratives. Sucre, Bolivia 2019 Nominee for the Joop Swart Masterclass World Press Photo. Amsterdam 2018 Honorable Mention for Foto-Album. Cuenca, Ecuador 2017 Winner of the Open National Call for Artistic Projects with the project 'Desatadas'. Ecuador 2017 Bronze Condor for Save the Children Project ‘Through my Eyes’. Condor Ecuador Awards 2016 Exhibition, @EverydayEcuador. FotoIstanbul, Turkey 2015 Exhibition, @EverydayEcuador. Quito, Ecuador 2013 Solo Exhibition, Free & Equal – United Nations. Quito, Ecuador
2018 Women in Latin America, Collective Photobook. México 2018 Patrimonios, Collective Photobook. Ecuador 2014 Ecuatorianos, Collective Photobook. Ecuador 2009 Luz Marginal, Procura Corpo Vago, Collective Photobook. MAM Sao Paulo, Brazil