Ivan Kashinsky – Fiestas

04.05.2011 in14:04 in Documentary, People -->


Ivan Kashinsky is a freelance photographer based in Quito, Ecuador. His work has been published in National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Fortune, Vanity Fair, and Geo Italy among others. He is working through a photo agency called Aurora.

Ivan obtained a Masters in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Photojournalism at San Jose State University. For his thesis project he created a multi media project documenting the indigenous fiestas of the Ecuadorian Andes. During his studies Ivan interned at three newspapers, including the Oregonian, where he had the opportunity to work with amazing photographers and editors. Kashinsky’s photography has been recognized in many contests and has been exhibited in New York.

Ivan lives with his wife, Karla Gachet, in Guapulo and their two kitties Océana and Lunares. Karla and Ivan just released their first book, Infinite Ecuador, with three other photographers. Ivan is currently freelancing for magazines on a national and international basis and photo editing for the magazine Terra Incognita.

High up in the Ecuadorian Andes, one can find fiestas that date back hundreds of years, some before the Spanish conquest.   These religious events consist of a fascinating mix of Catholicism, brought by the Spaniards, and Pre-Colombian rituals, which have survived from the beliefs of the Incas and other indigenous groups that populated the mountainous region.  The fiestas bring the community together, are a source of great pride, and are a chance to express feeling from the difficult past the people have experienced.