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Eros Hoagland

Eros Hoagland has worked as an independent photojournalist and documentary photographer since 1993.
He has concentrated on the exploration of countries and peoples immersed in cycles of violence across the globe. Ongoing assignments and personal projects have taken him to El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As well as documenting the political climate and social impact of conflict, Hoagland looks for an emotional and visceral narrative when approaching reportage projects. Themes are just as important as issues in his photography. Subtleties are never overlooked as he conveys a feeling of place, character and a larger historical perspective.
Regular clients include the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Stern, and the Times of London. He is a California native and spends his free time surfing and diving the frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean.
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The northern desert cities of Mexico smolder under the chaos of organized crime. Politicians and journalists on both sides of the border pretend there is a war being waged against drug traffickers. But the only government campaign fought in Mexico appears to be a protracted effort to maintain power and alliances with the strongest criminal actors on Mexico’s stage of cynical dominance.
There is no drug war. There is only war. Drugs are merely one of many means to power. This is a struggle over profits to maintain dominance. The product matters little now. The cat is long gone and the bag flies off into the desert heat as the country bleeds.