Mexico social documentary photographer Francisco Alcala Torreslanda creates documentary images and visual narratives that bring to light the positive sides of society. 

His natural sense for composition and light in combination with his optimistic and empathetic attitude enable him capture significant moments through photographs with strong formal qualities that inform both the intellect and the emotions. His aim is social change with specific emphasis on community empowerment initiatives.

Either working on editorial assignments, storytelling for social enterprises and nonprofits or on personal projects, Alcala Torreslanda draws from more than 30 years of successful international corporate business experiences and a MFA in photography to deliver narratives that maximize value and impact for his customers. The values of honesty, commitment, hard work, optimism, and self-discipline are integral part of everything he does.

PWB asked Francisco a few questions about his upcoming trip and desire to document Salud y Paz.

WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING SALUD Y PAZ?

I am very passionate about organizations and projects that are aimed to improve the life of people in developing countries. Salud y Paz is working very hard to make significant improvements to the health and education of remote communities in Guatemala. People in these areas have little resources and very restricted access to health services. Salud y Paz is doing an excellent job in bringing these services.

HOW DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THEM?

I believe good visual storytelling can be a powerful tool to create awareness and bring additional supporters to this successful program. It is already making a difference in one of the most vulnerable populations in Guatemala but Salud y Paz requires additional resources to expand. My photography will help to accelerate the pace of Salud y Paz program expansion.

WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND YOUR SUPPORTERS?

We all have many options to support good causes. I am very thankful and appreciative of your decision to support me. You have my commitment that I will do my best to create powerful images that will compellingly represent the work that Salud y Paz is doing in Guatemala.

Visit Francisco's website here.