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Holly Wilmeth was born and raised in Guatemala. As the daughter of a farmer, she spent half her time in the city and the other half in the dense jungles and agricultural landscapes of Guatemala. A freelance photographer based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Guatemala, she holds a degree in Political Science and Languages and speaks fluent Spanish, German, English (proficient Japanese, and Italian). After university she moved to Japan for two years, where she taught English and cultural diversity to rural communities. She has traveled to over 50 countries as a cultural observer and avid hiker, living with nomad families in the Tibetan mountains as well as the Saharan desert. Her passion for ethnic cultures and hiking has taken her around the world, from the remote corners of East Asia to the far north of Mongolia.

Her journey in photography began on the streets of Guatemala and its countryside, documenting the culture and people’s relation to agriculture. After two years in Japan she returned to the US in 2003 to pursue a career in photography. She attended the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies, worked at Aurora Stock Agency, and apprenticed with Robb Kendrick on tintypes. As a documentary photographer and photojournalist she focuses on in depth stories relating to marginalized and struggling people, culture, diversity and people and their environment.

Her work has been published in international publications such as National Geographic Adventure, New York Times, CARE, TIME Magazine, GEO Magazine,  Monocle, The Economist, Travel & Leisure, etc.