Roberto (Bear) Guerra is a photographer whose work addresses globalization, development, and social and environmental justice issues. His photo essays and images have been published and exhibited widely in the United States and abroad. In 2019, he was named photo editor of High Country News.
Bear has worked for the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Le Monde, The Atlantic, Orion Magazine, Pro Publica, Glamour, and many other clients. In 2010, he was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in photojournalism. In addition to editorial assignments, he often works on long-term projects, and collaborates frequently with nonprofit organizations. Bear was the photographer and creative director for the (In)Visible Project, a mobile, multimedia installation in San Diego, and a lead instructor at the AjA Project, a participatory photography program for refugee youth.
In 2013-2014, he was a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado-Boulder. In 2012, he was chosen as a Blue Earth Alliance photographer for his ongoing project “La Carretera: Life Along Peru’s Interoceanic Highway.” He has received funding from the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Puffin Foundation, the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, and the Christensen Fund/Project Word.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Bear is currently based in Tucson, Arizona, where he lives with his daughter, Camila, and wife and collaborator, journalist Ruxandra Guidi. Guidi and Guerra often work together under the name Fonografia Collective to produce print, radio, and multimedia stories.