Scott Dalton is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker based in Houston, Texas. He has spent years working throughout Latin America, including extensive coverage of Colombia, where he photographed the civil conflict and drug war. His photography has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, Harper's, Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post Magazine, Condé Nast Portfolio, Business Week, and The New Yorker, among other outlets.
Dalton was the 2011 recipient of the New Orleans Photo Alliance’s Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography. He will use the grant to complete his project 'So Close, So Far: Daily Life and Cartel Violence in Ciudad Juárez'. He also was awarded the 2010 Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship from the Houston Center of Photography.
His documentary film, LA SIERRA, won numerous awards and has been broadcast by PBS, BBC, HBO Latino, and many other international broadcasters. For more information about the film please visit www.lasierrafilm.com.
Macondo: Journeys in Márquez's Columbia
“Macondo: Journeys in García Márquez’s Colombia” is a documentary photo project that explores the people and places that inspired the work of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez, author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude."
García Márquez was born and raised in Aracataca, a small town on Colombia's Caribbean coast. For his writing, he drew from his childhood, his hometown, and the people and places nestled along the communities of Colombia's coastal region, weaving them into a masterwork he titled "One Hundred Years of Solitude." The novel captivated the world and set the standard for the literary genre of magical realism.
The setting and centerpiece of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" is the fictional town of Macondo. With its surreal charm, it represents the uniqueness of Colombia: eccentric and eclectic, timeless and earthy, a place where truth and fiction, myth and reality merge.
With "Macondo: Journeys in García Márquez’s Colombia," I am trying to explore these concepts of truth and fiction, myth and reality, to discover how they co-exist and recombine to create and convey a complete sense of identity and place.
García Márquez has consistently said that his characters and stories, although embellished, are based on real people and events and that every town along the Colombian coast contains an aspect of Macondo. With this in mind, I have set out to discover for myself what survives of Macondo in today's Colombia.
The project began in 2006 and is ongoing.
Medium: Color negative, 6x6