Julio Etchart has long been at the cutting edge of contemporary photojournalism. At home wherever in the world he happens to be working, nowhere is taken as exotic or 'other' ; the focus is always on the story, never its trappings.
Amanda Hopkinson - lecturer and art critic, in 'Contemporary Photographers'
I grew up in Uruguay and later settled in the UK where I studied Documentary Photography at Newport Art College, and have since travelled round the world for various media outlets. I have also produced multimedia material and touring displays for Non Governmental Organizations, universities and international bodies like Save The Children, OXFAM, CAFOD, War on Want, VSO, UNICEF, the British Council, the European Union, University of the Arts (London) and the National University of Singapore.
I am represented by the Panos Pictures agency in the UK.
After being awarded a World Press Photo First Prize in the Environment category, I was commissioned to produced The Four Elements, a touring exhibition and catalogue on environmental issues, sponsored by the European Union and a consortium of NGOs.
The Forbidden Rainbow, a long term project on the legacy of 500 years of colonialism in the Americas was published by Serpent's Tail (London) in 1992.
My long term adventure on children’s play around the world, Toys, was published by Mets & Schilt (Amsterdam) in Dutch, German and English, and distributed by Pluto Books in the UK. Imagining Orwell in three continents is my latest photo-book project, the result of years following the steps of George Orwell in Myanmar, Spain and Morocco.