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Based in Austin, Texas
At the age of three, Al Argueta first traveled to Guatemala with his father and was utterly captivated by the country’s landscape and its Maya inhabitants. He would later live in Guatemala for two years, allowing him to formally learn Spanish and to experience Guatemala’s culture firsthand. During summers in high school and college, Al often took a month off to travel to Guatemala, exploring its jungles, ruins, and villages. It was also when he first dabbled in photography, capturing images of the people and landscapes he encountered.
In college, Al majored in Journalism and Latin American Studies, managing to squeeze in two study-abroad programs, one in Manchester and one in Maastricht, and traveled through much of Europe. After college, he interned with Costa Rica’s Tico Times, getting his first exposure to travel writing and photography, in addition to covering then-President Bill Clinton’s visit to Guatemala. Al worked briefly for a newspaper in the Virgin Islands before moving on to photography school in Hawaii. He also taught English to college students in Thailand for a time, continuing to satiate the travel bug that bit him years back.