CRA is a one man´s company that was founded in 2001 by Matthias de Hoogh.
After graduating as a journalist on television and criminality Matthias travelled to Asia and Central America. On these travels he started focussing different on the world by exploring photography.
Matthias has been living for over 5 years in Guatemala where he started a Youth Hostel (www.amigoshostel.com)
In his first years in Guatemala Matthias was fortunate enough to work for two Guatemalan Non Governmental Organizations. He did various photography and webdesign projects for them. (www.comadep.org)
These organizations worked with returned refugees from the civil war and with farmers that were living deep in the Peten jungle. For Matthias it was a unique opportunity to really step out of the tourist bubble and be absorbed by the real Guatemala with all its wonders but also with all its scars from the armed conflict that lasted for over 36 years.
Matthias interviewed local farmers, ex guerilla members, old soldiers, ex pac members (civil army) and refugees and was deeply impressed and touched by their stories. Some of these interviews are documented here:
www.comadep.org. (click on ´agriculture´ and then choose ´experiences´)
Matthias saw with his own eyes the problems that local farmers daily encounter, like nutritional problems, health problems, low access to education and high levels of analphabetism...
Indigenous people have been the target of racism and to the present day are stuck in a backward position despite all the promises that were made for improvement when the peace agreements were signed in 1996.¨On this blog I have made a small exposition of my time with all these wonderfull people that have made my life in Guatemala so meaningfull and full of growth. Through these photos I want to share their smiles and their sorrow with you. The real Guatemala...¨
Below you will find all the expositions.
Cinemotion Rising Art
Capturing emotions in constant motion