Carlos Javier OrtizCarlos Javier is a director, cinematographer and documentary photographer who focuses on urban life, gun violence, racism, poverty and marginalized communities. In 2016, Carlos received a Guggenheim Fellowship for film/video. Over the past two decades his career has evolved from photography to working in film and video. Although he consider labels to be limiting, he sees himself as a filmmaker and visual artist. Working in the medium of visual arts and journalism, for him, means freedom of expression and offers him a voice. Historical and contemporary political events have impacted his practice and influence his approach to his work.