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Rodrigo Llano

Rodrigo Llano is a Chilean cinematographer and visual artist. He has worked on Chilean and international film projects, including the Kurt Vonnegut documentary Man Without a Country, and his photos have been published with Reuters and in the Fall 2010 issue of VQR. He is currently at work on a feature film about immigration.


All Rivers Lead to the Sea

Summer 2011 | Reporting

As a child, Oridia Paredes dreamed of walls. For the daughter of itinerant fishermen in Chilean Patagonia, daily life was built not around a house or a neighborhood, but the sea—and for Paredes, walls became a symbol of the life that her parents were never able to attain. Instead, the family hopscotched from islet to islet, piling possessions into their boat, and motoring to the next spot near where the fish were running.

Father Copper

Fall 2010 | Reporting

When Carmen Ahumada first looked on the copper mining city of Calama, she wanted to die. It was 1958, long after Germany’s World War I-era invention of artificial saltpeter—the main ingredient in bombs—brought Chile’s glory days as a world supplier to an end and made obsolete the tiny, arduous saltpeter towns that had cropped up all over the Atacama Desert.