Cory Zimmerman, American, b. 1980, based in Mexico City
Cory Zimmerman was born in Illinois, and studied Photography, Filmmaking, Creative Writing and Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Santa Fe University of Art & Design, Southern Illinois University & the University of New Mexico. Cory began taking photos at a young age, and eventually began using photography as a medium to communicate human emotion, learning that the image can be used to promote interconnectedness. He began traveling the world documenting culture, but his work soon evolved to surveying the consequences of socio-economic divisions. In 2017, Cory moved to Mexico City and on Sept 19, 2017, he survived the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck the city. He documented the effort to dig survivors and deceased out of the more than 40 collapsed buildings. In the fall of 2018, Cory began documenting the arrival of the migrant caravans, and at a refugee camp in the city, he met a Honduran family with a very sick child, and after raising funds he assisted them through the most dangerous parts of Mexico via bus to the US border, where he managed to get them across legally. This experience inspired Cory to seek the root causes of migration, which sent him to Central America, where he documented the struggles of the Maya, in the highlands of Guatemala. Cory's goal is to experiment with the potential photography and humanitarian efforts have when working hand in hand, and in finding the common thread that binds us all as human beings.