Photo by Chris Michel

Colombia. 1990

Juan Diego is a Colombian independent visual storyteller currently based in the mountains of western North Carolina. He migrated to the U.S. with his family at the age of nine where the challenges of assimilating into two cultures helped shape his view of the world and inspired his curiosity about different cultures, peoples, and places. It is this endless search for genuine connection and understanding that fuels his passion for storytelling and creating visually and emotionally impactful imagery. He first picked up a camera after graduating from college to document his travels and climbing adventures, which promptly led to his desire to use photography as the main form of expression and exploration in his life. As a result, the evolution of his work is diverse and wide-ranging in subject matter and genre, while maintaining a high standard for creating work that is unique, engaging, and honest.

Recently his focus has shifted towards long-term documentary projects that explore themes of cultural history, folklore and mythology, climate change, and human rights. This fall (2019), he is starting a three-year Advanced Mentored Studies Program under the mentorship of Ed Kashi, member of the VII Photo Agency, and James Estrin, staff photographer for The New York Times and co-founder of Lens , the Times’s photography blog.

Juan Diego is fluent in Spanish and English, and is available for assignments & commissioned work worldwide.

For collaborations, fine art prints, or any other inquires please contact him directly.