BEHIND THE LENS
I have been a photographer for 25 years. My father, Franco Bernetti, an Italian photographer and filmmaker, introduced me to the magical world of image. I am the grand grandson of Fermín Tanguis, a Porto Rican scientist, farmer and innovator, who discovered and selected a new variety of cotton that resisted to one of the worst plagues of those times, thus entering into the history of Peru.
I have traveled around the world photographing amazing places and covering world impact news. I covered stories in 20 countries including warzones.
I lived in Ecuador for 14 years, where I worked for international news agencies such as Reuters, AP and France Presse. I have published special reportages ordered by the Miami Herald (USA), The Independent and Sunday Telegrapher Magazine (England), Time Magazine (USA), Stern (Germany), Paris Match (France) among others.
Since 2005 I live and work in Chile as Chief of photography for the Agence France Presse.
With studies in cinema and television, I consider myself an autodidact in press photography. I have learned from great photographers such as the Peruvian María Cecilia Piazza and the Italian Ernesto Bazan who have forged my style in photography since the beginning of my carrier as a photojournalist.
I have lectured in workshops and seminars about photojournalism in universities in Ecuador, Peru and Chile.
I produced and directed the documentary about photojournalists “Mirando a todos Lados” (“Looking Around”). In 2013 I created the website www.backpackphoto.com dedicated to selling photography equipment. In 2014 I founded the “Taller Latinoamericano de Fotoperiodismo” (“Latin American Photojournalism Workshop”) as a platform where photographers who train photojournalists can develop and promote their courses.
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