Introduction

I’m a photographer and writer born in Caracas (Venezuela), raised between the USA and Venezuela, and currently living in Iowa City.

In 2006, I received a BA degree in Literature from Venezuela’s Central University, and in 2009 my Master’s degree in Spanish literature from The University of Iowa. Currently I am  a student in the PhD program in Spanish Literature at University of Iowa. Since my undergraduate, I have been interested in investigating about the fashion publishing industry in Latin America, and thus I ended up studying and working in fashion photography. I consider fashion a cultural text -as in literature. An in-between space where textual and visual narratives intertwine while in the space of maketing and commerce. It can be said that my passion for reading and writing transformed into another creative desire; photography.

I have  spent time studying photography with prominent Venezuelan photographers like: Hernán Villar at the Taller de Fotografía Creativa (Institute of Creative Photography), Nelson Garrido (Venezuelan national prize in fine arts) at the Organization Nelson Garrido -ONG- ( http://www.organizacionnelsongarrido.com) and Rodrigo Benavides (2001 Prize Armando Reverón) at the Núcleo Fotosensible (http://www.fotosensible.org/).

Before coming to the US, I published articles in Lifestyle magazine like Gente In Magazine and Guia Platinum Magazine  (http://www.guiaplatinum.com). Since the summer of 2012 I receive couching from the award-winning photographer Danny Wilcox Frazier (Duke University’s 2006 Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography) as part of my appointment as staff photographer for The Daily Iowan (http://www.dailyiowan.com).

Almost all of my work is an exploration of the readings I have done -and continue to do- in the course of my research about fashion. But, I have also worked on photography for music albums and books. As a photographer, I have published in magazines from Chile, Guatemala and Venezuela. Currently, I have a personal studio at the Cosgrove Institute (http://www.thecosgroveinstitute.org) where I explore these themes. 

Among the themes that I explore in fashion photography, is the notion of transsexuality, cultural identity, the limits between commercial and fine art.

Academically, my areas of interest are: Queer Theory, Latino/Latin-American 20th Century & Contemporary Narratives and Poetry, Literary Theory, Cultural Criticism, Latino/Latin-American Cultural and Critical Theory, Visual Arts and Culture, Postcolonial Theory, Latino/Latin-American fashion and pop culture.

 

To contact

email: juancarlosbox@gmail.com

phone: 319-855-4826