Photojournalist Victor J Blue discusses his long relationship with Guatemala, the first country he documented as a photojournalist, and his ongoing mission to use photography to aid in the struggle for human rights.
Victor J. Blue is a New York based photojournalist. He has photographed stories and completed assignments in Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, India and Afghanistan, and has documented news stories and social issues across the United States. He worked as a newspaper staff photographer at The Record in Stockton CA, and completed a Masters Degree in Visual Communication at Ohio University. Through documentary photography he works to put a face on the defining issues of our day, and communicate something universal from the particulars of individual lives.
His photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, US News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Mother Jones, The San Francisco Chronicle and on The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. He has shown photographs in solo exhibitions and in group shows at the Powerhouse Gallery in New York City, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and at 111 Minna Gallery and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. In both 2010 and 2011 his work in Afghanistan was honored in the Pictures of the Year International Competition, and in 2010 was the 2nd Place Photographer of the Year in the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association. In 2008 he was awarded a first place award in the NPPA Best of Photojournalism contest, and First, Second, and Award of Excellence awards in the SFBAPPA competition and was a member of the team that won the Fairbanks Award for Public Service Reporting from the Associated Press News Executives Council.