I feel indebted to the people and places that appear in my photographs. I see my role (self-appointed, as it were) to convey the stories of tragedy and beauty, rage and love, injustice and hope that I am privileged to witness. Obviously I want to share these images with as many people as possible; hence this website.
Frustratingly, though, I have encountered my photographs on other websites and in magazines... published without my previous knowledge or consent.
So here's the deal: if you see a photo you would like to use in a non-commercial way, drop me an email, and I'll be more than happy to send you a copy. In fact, if you provide me with details of its intended use (print or website, etc.), and allow me a bit of time, I can send you the image in whatever size, resolution or format you need!
All I ask in return is that you credit the photo with my name, Rob Mercatante, and/or the website address, www.elcanche.com. The same would hold true for any journal entry or other text on this site.
For commercial reproduction of images or text I will ask for a small "help a starving artist-activist in Guatemala" donation.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!