Author: Todd Antony

Todd Antony photographs Cholitas on top of the world

Earlier this year, photographer Todd Antony headed to El Alto in Bolivia to shoot a personal, two-part project featuring a unique community of indigenous Aymara women who are breaking stereotypes and shifting perceptions. These women identify themselves as cholitas, a term that has historically been used pejoratively to describe them, but which they today wear as a badge of honour.   As recently as 10 years ago Cholitas, easily recognizable by their wide colorful skirts, braided hair and bowler hats, were socially ostracized, systematically marginalized and discriminated against. They were refused entry to some restaurants, on public transport or certain public spaces. While these women have been advocating for their rights since at least the 1960’s, their movement was further invigorated by the 2005 election of Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first Amerindian president. Since then the majority indigenous population have seen greater recognition and autonomy. That’s the context in which a particular group of Aymara women who, until a few years ago, worked as cooks and caretakers for mountaineers from around the world, decided to become …

Todd Antony shot the Dekotora series using the XF IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Camera System and Schneider Kreuznach 55mm LS f/2.8 lens.

Todd Antony documents “Dekotora” (デコトラ)

Renowned advertising photographer, Todd Antony spoke to Phase One about his latest project documenting sub-cultures around the world. His most recent series took him to Japan with the XF IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Camera System where he documented the lavishly decorated trucks, known as Dekotora. These ornate, dazzling vehicles were perfect subjects for the new Trichromatic Digital Back to capture this fascinating subculture’s wow factor in astonishingly accurate color. What is Dekotora (デコトラ)? “I’ve been researching various subcultures all over the world, but Japan just seemed like a great place to start the project as it is rife with different subcultures. The moment I came across ‘Dekotora,’ it jumped out at me, and I thought I have to go and shoot that. The Japanese word ‘Dekotora’ is an abbreviation for ‘decoration truck.’ The culture itself all stems from a 1975 series of ten movies called Torakku Yarō̄ (Truck Guys) that featured a trucker who drove his garishly decorated truck all over Japan. The series was a big hit, and ‘Dekotora’ popularity swept the country.” “The Japanese …