Ronaldo Schemidt

photographer, Venezuela

Ronaldo Schemidt Cristian Hernández

2018, World Press Photo of the Year

2018, 1st prize Spot News

Ronaldo Schemidt was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1971.

While he was studying anthropology in the Universidad Central of Venezuela, he decided to move to Mexico to study photography. In 2003, he started working in photojournalism in several Mexican newspapers.

From 2004, he worked as a freelance photographer for Agence France Presse (AFP), and in 2006 he joined AFP in the Mexico City office as a staff photographer. Since then he has covered sports, social conflicts and violence for drug trafficking.

In addition to covering international stories, he has covered some of the most important events in Venezuela in recent years including the death of President Hugo Chávez in 2013, President Nicolás Maduro’s election, the development of the political and economic crisis and the violent social conflicts between the government and opponents. He has also covered events of global importance such as Fidel Castro’s death in Cuba in 2016, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and natural disasters in Mexico.

During his career he has been invited to teach photojournalism at the Universidad de Oriente, in Mexico, photojournalism conferences at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, and participated in the Tenth Encuentro Fotográfico de México 2017, as a speaker.

He has participated in several collective and individual photography exhibitions at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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