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Meet Kassandra Alvarez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kassandra Alvarez.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I have been practicing multimedia production for more than seven years now. After graduating from high school in 2011, photography became the only income I had to help pay for my higher education. As an undocumented student, I had no way to work an “official” job, but had the skills through my multimedia experience to begin freelancing. I began shooting video for special events, doing photography for families, portraits as well as began documenting a growing migrant movement in Phoenix. While attending New Mexico State University, I was also a news reporter for KRWG News 22 in Las Cruces, New Mexico doing stories that showed a different side of immigrants in Southern New Mexico as well as other community stories.

I began to grow as an independent photographer, as a freelance for the migrant movement and as a business owner with multiple companies hiring me to cover events and other types of freelance work.

After transferring and graduating from ASU in Communication I decided to pursue a career in Public Relations while continuing to grow in photography and taking responsibility to utilize photography as an art form that documents the growing societal issues in the country, as well as capturing the beauty of landscapes and humans! A little of everything. You can find me everywhere!

Please tell us about your art.
Photography has become my everything. It’s my escape, my inspiration and my contribution to the growing movement. I feel every image I capture can make a difference, whether it is the portrait of a smiling graduating senior who is getting ready to embark on a different journey or the emotions during a protest under the hot sun of Arizona or the extreme cold of a winter in Boston.

I hope to shock people in many cases. I want my audience to see through my lens, through my eyes. Much of my work feels very personal and sometimes it feels as if I am putting myself bare every time I post an image or share a photo. Many times, although I shouldn’t, I keep some photographs to myself. Some take time to be ready.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
The hardest part I feel is being taken seriously as an artist. There are so many art forms, so many types of ways to express yourself and so many of us. I feel there is a growing movement in art, especially with technology, we are able to do more, and more. As an artist, to be honest, you want to do it all and probably CAN do it all but we may not be good at all of the different art forms. I think focusing in one art form is the biggest challenge today.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I’ve had one exhibition before for a specific gallery show for AIDS Awareness. It was a very personal shoot I set up, and felt it translated many messages. I miss that and hope to in the future have more gallery showcases.

Digitally, you can find my work on my website: www.kassandraalvarez.weebly.com or through my Instagram account kassieworld. I also try to keep my Facebook account updated, but can’t promise you will find my latest work on that! 🙂

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