Life in Oil

Last year, Homelands’ Bear Guerra spent two weeks in the Ecuadorian Amazon making images to accompany anthropologist Mike Cepek’s upcoming ethnography about the impacts that oil has had on the life of the indigenous Cofán. The book, Life in Oil: Surviving Disaster in the Petroleum Fields of Amazonia, will be published by University of Texas Press in 2018, and will be illustrated by 40 of Bear’s images.

A selection of those images has just been published as a photo essay in the March/April 2017 issue of Pacific Standard magazine. The images, with an introductory text by Cepek, can also be viewed online.