Jaime 'Jaiguer' Guerrero Castrillon


Colombian photographer Jaime Guerrero Castrillon, nicknamed Jaiguer, was born in 1939 in Abriaquí and studied at the Ateneo Antioqueño and the University of Antioquía, before becoming a professional football player at Deportivo Independiente in Medellín. After he got married, he left football and became a photographer. 

He began his photographic career as a lab assistant with an uncle, and learned himself to photograph while roaming the streets of Medellín. In 1959, he became a photographer at the national newspaper El Correo, and later went to photograph as a freelancer for El Colombiano, Vea Deportes magazine and the Periódico de Bogotá, among others. In the 1970s, Jaiguer worked for Colombia's 24th President Alfonso López Michelsen.

Later, Jaiguer moved to Panama where he became the personal photographer of General Omar Torrijos, the military leader of Panama until his death in 1981, and General Manuel Noriega. After the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1989, Jaiguer had to burn large parts of his photographic archive to avoid reprisals.