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Arresting Photos of Los Israelitas, an Evangelical Community in Peru

Stan Raucher

A Sabbath Prayer

Stan Raucher

To the Sanctuary

Those who choose to live outside the norm, especially those who follow a religious leader, captivate the public imagination. Seattle-based photographer Stan Raucher felt this draw when, after a photo workshop in Peru in 2013, he happened to end up traveling down the Amazon River by boat with several members of Los Israelitas, a small, evangelical sect in Peru who live along the riverbank. For his project The New Promised LandRaucher made two trips to visit the community and plans to return next year. He spoke with me via email about the project, which I saw in Critical Mass 2013.

Portraits of Fathers With Their Daughters Who Have Pledged Virginity Until Marriage

David Magnusson

David Magnusson

Purity balls, a relatively new American religious rite in which fathers support their daughters pledge to remain a virgin until marriage, are something Stockholm-based photographer David Magnusson was unaware of until he came across an article in a Swedish magazine just over a year ago.

Photographs of the Iconic Virgin of Guadalupe Taken During Annual Pilgrimage to Mexico City

Alinka Echeverria photography

The six million strong annual pilgrimage to the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City marks the anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531 to the indigenous man Juan Diego, and the miraculous appearance of her image onto his cloak. The Virgin appeared on the sacred site of the Aztec Goddess Tonantzin. Belief in her apparitions and their evidence -the sacred image of a miracle- marked a shift to Catholic iconography in Mexico: an important development for the Spanish conquerors for whom evangelization was imperative to the success of the Empire.

This work explores the relationship between image and belief and the power of iconic images from an anthropological perspective, asking how and why images are needed at a psychological level in order to believe.—Alinka Echeverria

Alinka Echeverria is a graduate of The International Center of Photography in New York and has an M.A in Social Anthropology from The University of Edinburgh. Her work has been featured in over forty exhibitions worldwide. This work, The Road to Tepeyac, was most recently exhibited at the Festival de la Luz in Buenos Aires. She is currently based in London.