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Shooting Stars: Sylvia Plachy presents Pilar Belmonte

Belmonte found her personal voice as a photographer during a time of family crisis

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Pilar Belmonte was a student in an editing workshop I was teaching at the Maine Media Workshops last fall. She, like the other students, brought many prints in pursuit of discovering a personal voice and defining connections in her images. She brought two bodies of work. One was about her young son during his life-threatening episode with encephalitis; she said the effort to record his struggle held her fear at bay and “kept me grounded, steady, focused.” Her other images were taken later, but still infused with a surreal quality that connected easily with the others. The word “delirium” came up in our discussions and became the title of her work. -- Sylvia Plachy

Sylvia Plachy has won the Infinity and Lucie awards and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her photographs are on exhibit at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City. Pilar Belmonte, 57, is based in Asheville, North Carolina.

Selected by Sylvia Plachy for our special issue, this up-and-coming photographer discusses her work
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