Episode 1: Carlos Javier Ortiz and David Schalliol

In this episode, photographers and activists David Schalliol and Carlos Javier Ortiz join Kristin Taylor, MoCP's curator of academic programs and collections, to discuss activism in documentary photography. Their work focuses on the demolition of homes and communities and the tragedies that proceed this destruction on the south side of Chicago. David and Carlos explain ethical obligations to communities and landscape as well as what it means to be an activist in 2019.

Their work is featured at the Museum of Contemporary Photography as a part of the exhibition, Chicago Stories: Carlos Javier Ortiz and David Schalliol, until July 7, 2019. 

Works discussed in the podcast:


Fazal Sheikh (American, b. 1965)
Gabbra Matriarch, Seated at Center, with Gabbra Women and Children, 1993




Alejandro Cartagena Gonzalez (Mexican, b. 1977)
Business in Newly Built Suburb in Juarez, from the "Suburbia Mexicana" series, 2009