CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON/Magnum Photos
This Canadian photographer, a member of the Magnum agency now living in New York, decided a few years ago to give up photographing areas of conflict in the Middle East, and took off for Venezuela. That was in March 2004, a time when the country was to vote by referendum on President Hugo Chavez remaining in power and the sharp increase in the crime rate earned Caracas the title of ‘world murder capital’. His striking black and white images deal with all the usual themes of violence in this city of excess: sex, police, crime etc. But there are also some quiet moments along the way: a dog, mist-wrapped buildings… serving to remind us the contradictions of ‘Chavez Land’.