Tomás Munita (Chile, 1975) is a documentary freelance photographer with a primary interest on social and environmental issues. He has been a regular contributor for The New York Times covering news internationaly during 13 years, and has worked for several other leading magazines like National Geographic, Geo, Time, Stern, New York Times Magazine, Der Spiegel and others.
He has won several awards, including 4 World Press Photo, Leica’s Oskar Barnack, Henri Nannen, Visa D’or Daily News, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, All Roads, Latin American Photographer of the Year (PoyLatam), 2nd Photographer of the Year (POYi), Chris Hondros, Overseas Press Award, ICP Young Photographer Award and Rodrigo Rojas award.
He is based in southern Chile.
Patagonia is struck by the sublime beauty of its mountains, its deep valleys, the power of the rivers and glaciers, the impenetrable vegetation, the fertility of the land, the abundant rain and its gaucho culture. But all that power of the landscape that welcomes the visitor is accompanied by something much deeper and more transformative, it is about the passage of time that this region entails.
Perhaps it is due to the silence and the overwhelming beauty that permeates everything. Maybe it’s due to the long distances. But what ultimately happens is that everything takes a different rhythm, much slower, more pronounced and present. You can see the lazy clouds crossing the sky, the calm grazing of the animals, the slow walk of the horse, the pauses in all activity, the conversations are quiet. You live the valley by crossing it, you live the river by crossing it, you live the rain by getting wet and the fire by drying out, you live the forest by sleeping in it, you live the geography, a geography that constantly exposes itself.