• Hyperinflation in Venezuela has put all but the most basic foodstuffs and medicines out of reach. In the absence of a functioning government, gangs and thieves rule the neighborhoods. People wake up every morning to face the same troubles that left them shattered the night before, no resolution in sight. In the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, people are basically fighting for survival. / La hiperinflación en Venezuela ha puesto todos los alimentos y medicamentos más básicos fuera del alcance. En ausencia de un gobierno que funcione, las pandillas y los ladrones gobiernan los vecindarios, y las personas se despiertan cada mañana para enfrentar los mismos problemas que los dejaron destrozados la noche anterior, sin una resolución a la vista. En el barrio Catia de Caracas, la gente lucha básicamente por la supervivencia.

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I am a freelance photographer born and raised in Venezuela and currently based in Tempe, Arizona. I created this website as a way to share my passion for world cultures, travel, and art, with all those who believe that photography is more than a simple reflection of light on an object: it is an attempt to capture the diversity and beauty of humankind’s varied cultural expressions. This site presents a wide portfolio of my favorite images taken over many years during which I have lived in, and traveled throughout, different regions of the world. You will also find a secure on-line shopping feature where you can purchase high quality prints. I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by my site, and hope that you find the visit pleasurable. If you need to contact me with questions or for special projects and assignments, please email me at I will be delighted to hear from you!


Gina Santi was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and graduated in Industrial Relations from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. She studied photography at the Universidad Santa María, Caracas, obtained her MBA from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and continued her photography training at the Washington, DC School of Photography. She earned her Education degree and her MA in Cultural Anthropology from Northern Arizona University. She has taught Spanish and Anthropology at the college level since 1991, and in her capacity as an educator and administrator she has worked, lived in, and traveled in many countries. Frequently she teaches photography workshops in cultural and educational institutions. She has held solo exhibits at the Rappahannock Community College in Virginia, the World Trade Center in Baltimore, the Maryland Port Administration, the Maryland Commission on Hispanic Affairs, the Universidad de Granada in Spain, the Wine Loft in Flagstaff AZ, Art Intersection in Gilbert AZ, and Olney Gallery in Phoenix AZ . She has also participated in collective exhibits and art shows at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, and the Desert Botanical Garden and the  Heard Museum in Phoenix. She is an active member of the American Anthropological Association, the American Society for Visual Anthropology, and "In Focus", the photography support organization of the Phoenix Art Museum. She is also an associate photographer in the prestigious Arizona-based organization "Through Each Other's Eyes -TEOE".          Phone +1 928-607-9391

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