Children play on the beach by an abandoned chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, in 2009. (Sebastian Liste/Noor)

A boy jumps off an abandoned chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, in 2011. (Sebastian Liste/NOOR)

The next installment of In Sight’s series “PHOTOGRAPHERS edit PHOTOGRAPHERS” pairs NOOR photographers Jon Lowenstein and Sebastian Liste. In this installment, American photographer Lowenstein has made selections from Spanish photographer Liste’s body of work from South America. Here’s what Lowenstein wrote about his colleague’s work. It has been lightly edited for clarity:

Latin America as a region is one of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth. It is also as a region one of the most violent. The local population from Brazil to Mexico lives with a level of state-sponsored and social violence that reaches absurd levels. It is this violence that Sebastian Liste has chosen to document. Not the moment of impact, but the aftermath – how it tears apart communities and destroys lives. How the violence and poverty of a region transcends borders and seeps into everyday life, and slowly over years and years, tears apart the very fabric that makes life meaningful. As one young gang member recently told me in Chicago, “Once someone kills somebody who is very close to you it’s impossible to forgive.” They are the enemy, yet no one should have to live afraid of their very neighbors, afraid of the police, afraid of going out in the daytime for fear of assaults, robberies, or being extorted. It is this violence, the fear, and the subsequent pain that Liste shows so eloquently and intimately. He goes where few people go unless they live there to tell these intimate stories of human despair, loss and, ultimately, resilience.

Liste’s work recalls a particularly harrowing scene I witnessed in Guatemala City a few years back. A father had bought his 20-something son a motorcycle with his earnings from having worked as an undocumented immigrant in the United States. They went for a celebratory ride one Sunday evening – the end of a long workweek. In a case of mistaken identity, the two were shot through the chest by a Mara gang member. The father, riding tandem in back had saved the son as the bullet entered him first. Outside the hospital, the younger sister was crying inconsolably. Various family members tried to comfort her but ultimately she remained alone, wailing to the night, holding onto the fence, and waiting. The brother would survive, but the violence had taken this young girl’s father. Liste finds a way to bring us to these types of situations and maintain his humanity. It is strong, necessary and meaningful work.


Members of a local militia in Guerrero look for missing students in Guerrero, Xaltianguis, Mexico, in 2014. (Sebastian Liste/NOOR)

Tanks roll down the street during Venezuelan Independence Day celebrations at the Paseo de los Próceres de la Patria in April 2013, the same day Nicolás Maduro became president. (Sebastian Liste/NOOR)

A girl rides her donkey near Saubara on the shore of All Saints Bay, Bahia, Brazil, in December 2009. Her family and dozens of others are part of a landless movement and have been fighting for a plot of land for several years. (Sebastian Liste/NOOR)

Thirteen-year-old Vanessa is reunited with her mother in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, in February 2011. Vanessa’s mother abandoned her when she was 6 years old. A few years later, Vanessa started to prostitute herself to survive. (Sebastian Liste/NOOR)

In the Vista Hermosa Prison in Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela, gay inmates run the prison laundry and do the cooking; otherwise they are confined to their quarters, separated from the prison’s common areas. Ezekiel (who also goes by Maritza) hopes to be a model one day. (Sebastian Liste/NOOR)

Fifteen-year-old Zizinha holds her 6-month-old son in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, Jan. 2, 2011. A few years ago she turned to prostitution and doesn’t know who the child’s father is. (Sebastian Liste/NOOR)

A child living in an abandoned chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, looks out of a window in the factory’s courtyard. (Sebastian Liste/NOOR)

Mass graves discovered by federal police in the outskirts of Iguala, Mexico, in November 2014, during an operation to find the bodies of 43 missing students from Raul Isidro Burgos de Ayotzinapa College.

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