My friend Ruben introduced me to Carl Bower's work. The minute I saw it I absolutely fell in love with it... it's been a long time since I looked at a body of work that caused such an immediate positive reaction on my end. His Chica Barbie series is absolutely brilliant and I urge everyone to check it out. Being South American, I can immediately understand and relate to the work.
I haven't ever particularly cared for photojournalism but every once in a while a guy -or gal- like Carl comes along and completely turns my head around. The last time I felt so strongly about a photo journalist was when I discovered the rare Gilles Peress whose eye is sui generis. And in case you have never heard of Mr. Peress, what makes him a great photographer is not just his ability to take a great picture, but also the fact that every word that comes out of his mouth is absolutely mind-blowing.