Photographer Ricardo Azarcoya was born in Mexico City and currently resides in Querétaro, Mexico. He studied photography at the Escuela Activa de Fotografia, and in Spain. In 2008, Azarcoya interned at VII PHOTO Agency, where he organized their archive and assisted as an agency editor with magazines such as Time, Newsweek, and The New
Yorker. In 2009, Azarcoya became a Canon Mexicana Ambassador. He has since collaborated with Canon Mexico on lectures, workshops, master classes and portfolio reviews. Azarcoya founded Photofest, an international photojournalism and documentary festival, in his hometown of Querétaro. By its 4th year, the festival was included in The Telegraph’s list of the best festivals in the world, the only festival in Mexico to make the list. Azarcoya is also a 2016 recipient of a National Geographic Society grant for the first visual, vertical and scientific exploration to the second largest sinkhole in the world, El sótano del Barro.
“The Power of Photography in English Language Teaching”
Learning English has become an essential part of 21st Century education. There are two billion people of all ages learning English around the world. These learners will use English as a tool in business, in science, on the internet, and in general to improve their opportunities to have better lives. Learning materials have a chance to teach them English, but also to reach them with content that is meaningful, purposeful and relevant to their lives. In this century, global awareness is a requirement and we believe you can’t understand the world if you don’t experience it. Photography helps us to deliver the world to learners. Photography stimulates learning. Photos inspire in a unique way; show a learner a photograph of something amazing or beautiful, or mysterious, or strange, or just unfamiliar but very real and that person will want to learn about it. And when people want to learn, they do.
Curiosity is critical in the classroom, and incredible photographs stimulate incredible curiosity. We look for photographs that would create awe in learners, awe and a desire to learn. We also look for photographs that would prepare learners for the real world that they will have to navigate. Ultimately, photographs speak for themselves and help us achieve our mission of bringing the world to the classroom, and the classroom to life.