Human Pictures

About Us

Human Pictures is a production company born out of our frustration with the mounting injustice we see all around us and our belief in the potential of humanity to face up to it and confront it.

We are dedicated to the creation of progressive media; films, documentaries and alternative advertising campaigns that promote personal and collective transformation.

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What We Do

Human Pictures seeks to move beyond the traditional role of a production company and establishes itself as a multimedia movement for social transformation.

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Our Team

Meet the Human Pictures core team.

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E-Mail: somejuan@humanpictures.me

Phone: 917.287.9696

Human Pictures - What We Do

Human Pictures seeks to move beyond the traditional role of a production company and establishes itself as a multimedia movement for social transformation. We collaborate with organizations and artists around the world to create powerful media content that denounces, challenges and inspires.

We focus on documentaries, narrative films and alternative advertisement or media campaigns.

Our documentary projects seek to denounce injustices against and empower communities who find themselves under or misrepresented by the dominant media. We believe in the power of complex filmmaking to push viewers to care, understand, relate and act.

Through our narrative features and short films we want to move audiences to question and reflect on our society and the way we live our lives. Our films try to stress the humanity that links all of us and that ultimately imbues us with compassion and the desire for justice.

Our Advertising For Change initiatives seek to subvert the advertising paradigm in three fronts: By empowering socially transformative companies that have sought a balance between net profit and shared profit. By launching our own campaigns that challenge, provoke and urge people into action. And by challenging the way that traditional, commercial products are advertised through the use of stories, characters or formats that subvert social paradigms around race, gender, class and sexuality.

Juan YepesProduction Director

I consider myself an engineer at my core. Discovering how things work has always fascinated me...

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Juan CastanedaCreative Director

Uniting a group of people willing to create a voice against the abuse of humanity has been my dream since I was 15...

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Juan MejiaSocial Documentary Director

I am an activist, researcher, and filmmaker, with a long-term political commitment...

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Melissa CoxHead of Communications

My passion for social justice has existed for as long as I can remember.

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Ricardo AnguloField Reporter

I have been almost half of my life looking for unique images.

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Juan YepesProduction Director

I consider myself an engineer at my core. Discovering how things work has always fascinated me. After my engineering studies I realized that understanding the way things function wasn’t enough, methodology without purpose seemed empty. I needed to apply my knowledge and curiosity to something worthy of exploration, what better focus than humans.

Through the work we do, I’m constantly trying to figure out better ways to do what we do. Whether it’s analyzing a project that needs re-structuring, or developing a more efficient workflow.

I now feel that I do not only understand how the wheel spins; I’m actually spinning it with a direction, with a purpose that will help people in the end. I believe I’ve filled the void.

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Juan CastanedaCreative Director

Uniting a group of people willing to create a voice against the abuse of humanity has been my dream since I was 15. From then to now I’ve been studying and working, polishing my skills and broadening my horizons, all in an effort to make this idea something tangible and effective.

I’ve worked in films, documentaries and basically anything and everything under the sun. I’ve learned to become resourceful and to have technology always in reach to aid me in completing every project to the highest possible degree. Each experience has given me something that is now being used to fuel this voice, to make it louder, to bring more people together.

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Juan MejiaSocial Documentary Director

I am an activist, researcher, and filmmaker, with a long-term political commitment with communities who have experienced massive cultural or territorial disruption, and who find themselves under or misrepresented by the dominant media. I have worked for years as a documentarian all over Latin America with a firm belief that there is no inherent contradiction between active political commitment and artistic pursuit; to the contrary, these can converge, complement and fortify each other.

As a member of Human Pictures I share the belief that through complex, powerful storytelling we can contribute to the struggle for social justice and trasformation.

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Melissa CoxHead of Communications

My passion for social justice has existed for as long as I can remember. In my pursuit to fuel collective transformation, I’ve worked closely with some of the most socio-economically marginalized and politically disenfranchised populations, studied extensively under progressive academics, and lived in 3 continents; yet so many root causes of global oppression remained illusive or masked by the distortion of mainstream media. It wasn’t until I defended human rights on the ground in solidarity with communities non-violently resisting the Colombian armed conflict, that the forces and conditions driving injustice truly became clear.

I didn’t look for film, it found me – through all the poignant images of people burned into my mind and all the difficult stories they shared that kept me up at night – I was driven to document their compelling and urgent struggles. It’s much easier to forget a person whose nothing more than a statistic, to be indifferent toward someone struggling when we don’t identify with them or more tragically to define someone as an enemy when we don’t understand what motivates their actions. I firmly believe the power of documentary film is grounded in its capacity to help us bear witness to someone else’s journey, to demystify their actions, to be struck by their deep emotions, and in doing so, help us connect and inspire us to take action that will change our world.

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Ricardo AnguloField Reporter

Empiric, innate photographer, almost half of my life I have been looking for unique images. I have been a documentary field reporter for over a decade now, which has allowed me to interact with and learn from disadvantaged populations. I have observed their situation, and their ways of life. This work has given me a different way to see the world, and a way to give meaning to what my camera captures.

Traveling through remote communities in moorlands, deserts, mountains, glaciers, forests and beaches I have witnessed incredible moments, and while hypnotized by them, I feel the desire to capture these in a still image. These unique moments urge me to share what I see and feel with the world.

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