A children's portrait photographer in Ecuador keeps alive a classic tradition.
Before cameras were widespread, if you were poor or lived somewhere remote in Latin America (as most people were, and did), the only way you could get your photo taken was in a city studio, or by a travelling photographer. They would go from town to town with their home made cameras, elaborate studios and painted backdrops and set up in squares, like buskers or circus performers. You still see the beautiful, very formal and stiff (long exposures in those days) portraits they took on people’s walls – prized family possessions of long gone ancestors. However poor you were, you'd be sure to dress in the finest clothes you could lay your hands on.
I thought that tradition was dead until I met Colombian Moises Valverde and his wife Nury. Moises left school very young to become a street photographer and now travels all around Ecuador taking portraits of kids - very much in the old travelling tradition. I sat in with him one morning and also interviewed him, and this wee film is the result.