Paola Paredes (b.1986) is a photographer born and based in Quito, Ecuador. Blending traditional documentary photography with staged imagery, her work focuses on issues facing the LGBT community, exploring contemporary attitudes towards homosexuality in Ecuador. Putting herself at the forefront of her imagery, her work represents a personal and intimate challenge to social prejudices, and invites renewed discourse on the interactions between sexuality, family and personal freedom in contemporary society.
Paola received a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design in Quito before completing her first photography masters degree at Middlesex University. She has recently finished a second masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication.
Her first major photographic work ‘Unveiled’ was widely celebrated upon its publication, and has been extensively distributed online, receiving support from prominent publications including, Huffington Post, Feature Shoot, The Guardian and Cosmopolitan. Her Latest project ‘Until You Change’ has also been widely celebrated online and around the world with prominent publications in BBC, Aljazeera, Yahoo News, Vanity Fair and more.