Nastassia Kantorowicz Torres is a Colombian freelance photographer based between Lille, France, and Bogota, Colombia. Her work is centered on advancing human rights through visual communication. Her focus is on migration, access to safe water and sanitation, and the underlying social bonds of communities. She recently completed a postgraduate certificate in Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism from the International Center of Photography in New York City and is a member of Women Photograph. Kantorowicz Torres has worked on development projects in Colombia and as a humanitarian aid worker with Doctors Without Borders. She has a master’s degree in public affairs from Sciences Po, the Paris Institute of Political Studies.
An installment in our weekly series, The By and By.
“Point d’eau” gives viewers an unusual vantage on the difficult and improvisational lives of these migrants by focusing closely, respectfully, on one specific issue, water. A court ruling in June 2017 obliged the city of Calais to provide them with public water access, but there are still approximately “1,300 to 1,500 exiles in northern France who are being denied access to safe drinking water and sanitation services—basic human rights,” says Kantorowicz Torres.