Aperture Conversations

Celebrating Thalía Gochez and Las Fotos Project

Tuesday, March 8

7:00 p.m. EDT

Join Aperture for a special evening celebrating International Women’s Day and the work of photographer Thalía Gochez and Las Fotos Project, a community-based nonprofit inspiring teenage girls and gender-expansive youth through photography. In this discussion, Helen Alonzo Hurtado from Las Fotos Project will speak with Gochez about her photography, her work with Las Fotos Project, and the importance of elevating women in photography.

This conversation is made possible by Converse.

Thalía Gochez (born in Pasadena, California) is the 2021 Fotos Awards Editorial Awardee, and a self-taught Salvadoran Mexican American visual artist based in Los Angeles. Her work aims to uplift and amplify various BIPOC identities, especially Latinx women, through subject-led storytelling photographs and vibrant, stylized portraits. Gochez’s work is featured on the cover of Aperture magazine’s Winter 2021 issue, “Latinx.”

Helen Alonzo Hurtado (she/her/ella) is a Salvadoran American social entrepreneur and educator. As Las Fotos Project’s social enterprise manager, she combines her personal passion for youth development with her professional passion of building financially sustainable nonprofit organizations. Alonzo Hurtado graduated from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, with a master’s degree in public administration; and she holds a BA in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her favorite photographers are Las Fotos Project’s students, whose creativity and storytelling always challenge what is possible.

Las Fotos Project is a community-based nonprofit organization in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, that inspires teenage girls and gender-expansive youth through photography, mentorship, and self-expression. Offering year-round programming, Las Fotos Project provides students with access to professional cameras, quality instruction, and workshops that encourage them to explore their identity, build leadership and advocacy skills, and strengthen their social and emotional well-being.

Image courtesy Thalía Gochez.


This conversation is made possible by Converse.

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