Biography

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The first image shows a little kid with messy hair and green eyes paying attention to the hands of his uncle Pedro. The hands that placed the negatives into the tank, that very carefully mixed the chemicals and also the ones that made all sorts of manoeuvres in the enlarger machine. Those were the hands that used to transform the bathroom of his grandparents' house into an improvised darkroom in an old neighborhood in Bogota, Colombia, and where the little kid watched with awe and eyes wide open all the magic that his uncle Pedro used to perform while transforming the negatives into black and white images. At that time, aged eight, Camilo Rozo was given an old Brownie camera.

The second image shows Rozo, aged 16, taking his first lessons with colombian master Hernando Oliveros, one of the pioneers of photo journalism in the country. Ten years later we see Rozo living in London, studying at Camden Community College and Bromley C.C, and taking lessons with Liam Bailey, a well known photographer in the city and the first one to encourage him on taking photography more seriously. In the following years we see Rozo traveling around India, Nepal, China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malasya, Indonesia and Australia getting ready for his profession.

In the year 2000 we see Rozo returning to his home country and handing over his portfolio to magazines and newspapers, getting a definitive phone call from SoHo magazine to join their photo staff. There, his instructions were simple: to travel around and work together with some of the most prestigious journalists in the country and turn into images all the stories they were to cover. He worked with Alberto Salcedo Ramos, German Castro Caycedo, Gustavo Gomez, Piedad Bonnet, Maria Jimena Duzan, Juanita Leon, Juan Gossain, Andres Felipe Solano and Hector Rincon among others. From his long years in SoHo magazine there are three works in particular that could be the most remarkable ones, the ones most remembered by people: Land mine stories (by Alberto Salcedo), Diomedes Diaz (profile written by Alberto Salcedo) and Five lonely deaths (by Adolfo Zableh).

In 2006 Rozo goes to New York to the ICP (International Center of Photography) to study lighting technics and photo narrative. In this image we can see him being instructed by the respected teacher, and then CEO of the school, Robert Blake. Blake, who had paid good attention to Rozo's work (specially what he had done for SoHo and Rolling Stone magazines) gave him lots of definitive advice. Rozo remembers the day Blake told him, for example: "there's something missing in your portraits. You still need to find the light that reveals your subject". Two years later there is Rozo getting trained in Austria after winning the Red Bull Photo Challenge, a contest organized by the company in order to put together their team of photographers around the world and make them part of their own photo agency, the Red Bull Photofiles. In the next images we see Rozo contributing with magazines such as Gatopardo, Avianca,  Rolling Stone, Arcadia, publications from El Tiempo newspaper and El Librero magazine (where he is currently working at), also carrying out projects in documentary photography as well as in books and advertising.

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