Ghost Town / Der Spiegel

Assignment for Der Spiegel photographing Venezuela’s collapse through Maracaibo, the country’s second largest city and former home to the biggest oil industry in the continent.


Maracaibo, Venezuela’s second largest city and its biggest oil producer has become no-man’s land after the oil industry collapsed and a nation-wide blackout led to generalized looting, leaving the once vibrant city resembling a war zone.

For this assignment, I tried to photograph the countries collapse through the city’s destruction and severe crisis.

“If hell exists, it’s probably a better place than Maracaibo,” said a woman who’s husband is close to death due to severe malnutrition and lack of access to health.