Jorge Uzon

Jorge Uzon’s photo of Elvira Reyes from the Chilean Patagonia was published as a part of a reportage at The Globe and Mail. Cyd Cunningham, a school teacher in Alberta, emailed Jorge to say she was very impressed with Elvira’s story, could see many parallels with her own life and wanted to send her a poem.
Elvira lives in the mountains of Patagonia where roads are limited, but eventually she got the letter and, thanks to a local translator, heard what her photo and story meant to someone thousands of kilometres away.
Just Like Elvira
by Cyd Cunningham
Someday, I will be just like Elvira
Well on my way with my walking horse
To the ancient ridge that was never uplifted.
Someday, I will be just like Elvira
Wearing Elvira’s best smile
Her finest crocheted vest
Her most beautiful blouse
Her head kerchief
The sheepskin saddle cover
The reins in Elvira’s hands
Leading her unworried horse 
Out of the barn.
And I will ride to the steep ridge’s crest
Where a covey of Huns’
Flush left
My walking horse
Shies right
He could plunge easily
To be rid of me
But does not
He is not worried.
 
So someday I will be just like Elvira
Wearing Elvira’s best smile
Her finest crocheted vest
Her most beautiful blouse.

Jorge Uzon was born in Chile, 1969. He studied photography at the Escuela de Altos Estudios de la Comunicacion in Santiago, and worked as a photographer at the Revista Hoy until 1994, when he left to work as a freelancer in Mexico, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
 In 1996, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) hired him as its photographic correspondent for Guatemala, a post he held for five years, covering the end of the armed conflict and the peace process there, and many another news events in Central America, Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia and Mexico. In 2001, he was transferred to the AFP office in Mexico City, but left this job in 2004 to live in Toronto, Canada and pursue independent documentary photography.
To date, he has worked on two major projects: one in Bolivia (2006 - 2008) on the social changes taking place since Evo Morales became president; and one in Patagonia (2008 - 2011), on the struggle over a plan to build five dams on two rivers in that remote part of the planet, for which he has twice received grants from the Ontario Arts Council from Canada and one from the Fondo Nacional para el Desarrollo Cultural y las Artes from Chile.