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Future Connector: Arturo Perez

November 17th, 2010
05:14 PM ET

The drug fuelled violence that has gripped many parts of Mexico is a tough place for even the most season police officer, let alone a photographer trying to catch that meaningful image.

It is probably one of the toughest jobs out there, but that is just what freelance photographer Arturo Perez has been pursuing over the two years.

Perez has been covering the bloody drug between cartels and government troops in Ciudad Juarez since 2008 and has captured some of the most powerful and moving images from the conflict.

It is a tough job that hasn't gone unnoticed.

Perez has just been awarded the 2010 Martin Adler Prize at this year’s Rory Peck Awards.

The prize is given to the journalist or photographer that played an exceptional role in the telling of a significant news story - this one being the deadly war in Mexico.

Perez has been an important part of the coverage of the murders of U.S. consulate workers, the mass killing of 15 people slain by gunmen, and the killing of young addicts at a drug rehab centre.

"Arturo has captured with his camera shocking images which document the massacres, attacks, disappearances and car bombs which have left thousands of victims in a city which has become the battle ground for criminal gangs," Manuel Carrillo, Senior Producer at Reuters in Mexico, who nominated Arturo for the Prize told the Rory Peck Trust.

"Despite threats and intimidation from these gangs and even from the security forces, Arturo has remained strong and unfailing in his coverage – mindful of the fact that in Mexico, other journalists have been killed just for fulfilling their duty to keep society informed."

Here's your chance to quiz one of the toughest, if not bravest photographers currently in the business.

Please leave your questions for Perez below and be sure to tell us where you're writing from.

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  1. Gt Ski

    Congratulations to Arturo on this award..!!

    I've never been convinced of the 'need' for pictures of gruesome attacks, killings, murder, etc in "informing the public".

    If one looks over photos of any one of dozens of 'conflicts', war, insurgencies, drug violence, police actions, riots, genocide, etc. Are they different than Arturo's pictures..?? Worse..?? Not as "bad"..??

    If someone were to report today that there was a large protest in XxxxxXxx that was put down with severe police action, killing 34 people and wounding hundreds... Do you need a picture of the blood..?? Do you need a picture of the truncheons cracking heads..?? Does the picture of the body in the street somehow make it more "real"..?? More "newsworthy"..??

    I think back to decades ago, in the "Palestinian Territories" when cameramen showed up... a crowd of about 30-40 people would quickly appear. They would wait until the cameras were 'on' then jump around shouting, cursing the USA, "Death to whomever", and all the while keep themselves in camera 'view'. To the sides of the camera and behind... nobody.

    When the cameras were turned off, everyone would laugh and walk off. When the video appeared on the nightly news in the USA it appeared as if thousands of people were rallying...

    Nowhere in the reporting did they say ".. 40 people appeared as soon as the cameras appeared, and left immediately after the cameras stopped.."

    The 'public' hasn't learned this fact of 'news' reporting, nor have the news purveyors thought it should be reported.

    Certainly there is a 'market' for conflict reporting and photography... and hopefully those reporters and photographers, like Arturo, are paid enough to compensate for the risk.

    Good luck Arturo..!! Stay safe..!!

    November 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  2. kelly

    So many people have no idea about the terrible and unspeakable violence that is going on in Mexico. How family there is serparated from family in the US. Because of the violence the possibility of seeing those family members is unlikely. I commend Arturo Perez to have the bravery to share an unspeakable story and to have courage that his stories and pictures will give strength to someone else to help win back Mexico and world from drugs and greed. Many prayers from Texas.

    November 17, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  3. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Arturo Perez and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Arturo Perez on the following questions:

    – How will the realization of the Unión de Naciones Suramericanas((UNaSur) English: Union of South American Nations) in 2019, which is based upon the European Union model including a common currency, parliament and passport, Improve Stopping the Violence in Mexico and Beyond ?

    – How will the realization of the Unión de Naciones Suramericanas((UNaSur) English: Union of South American Nations) in 2019, which is based upon the European Union model including a common currency, parliament and passport, Improve Journalism in South American ?

    – What can we expect from you in 2011?

    I am awaiting Arturo Perez’s replies.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul

    November 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  4. Sean

    The US should spend more money/time on their own border than in the lands of people who dont want them there. The US spread demo-crazy – not democracy!

    November 17, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  5. dieter kaupp

    Good Job! Where can I get some of this action.....have 'war' experience from Bosnia/Serbia conflict.....currently live in Austin, TX.....please view my website at:
    olproductions.com

    Thanks.....be safe....

    Dieter

    November 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Reply

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