Category Archives: Nicaragua

“Beneficio de Cafe” in Lenswork 94

I’m pleased to announce the publication of my series Benificio de Cafe in the current issue of Lenswork Magazine Extended. Lenswork’s print edition has, in my opinion, the finest reproductions of black and white images of any photography magazine out there.  And their Extended editions (available on CD and digital download for your iPad) are […]

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For Coffee Lovers III: El Beneficio de Cafe

This is the final installment in my series on the Beneficio de Cafe of Abraham Castillo, shot in Esteli, Nicaragua.  (Please view the previous two posts: The First, with introduction, and the Second.) If you’d like to see the series in full, please visit my Fine Art Photography Website. Abraham continued to open his shop […]

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For Coffee Lovers II: Abraham’s Beneficio de Cafe

Abraham and his family and staff continue to welcome me with open arms to their coffee beneficio here in Esteli, and I continue to be enchanted by the beautiful light, the rustic building, and the hard-working team.  And so I continue with my photo essay (view the previous post here), a bit of visual poetry […]

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March 14, 2010 - 3:23 pm

andrea - i like these the best of all…

August 12, 2010 - 4:59 pm

For Coffee Lovers III: El Beneficio de Cafe » Fritz Photography - [...] This is the final installment in my series on the Beneficio de Cafe of Abraham Castillo, shot in Esteli, Nicaragua.  (Please view the previous two posts: The First, with introduction, and the Second.) [...]

Tobacco Farming and Curing in Nicaragua

I spent an afternoon on a local tobacco farm, during harvest, here in Esteli, Nicaragua. While I’m not a proponent of smoking, nonetheless tobacco farming and cigar manufacturing are major enterprises here, and are worthy of investigation. Esteli creates a major part of the cigars manufactured in the world, and grows a rich variety of […]

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March 26, 2010 - 9:48 am

Jake Adams - All I have to say is thanks…

March 12, 2010 - 7:06 pm

Stacee Taft - Wow! I never knew tobacco could be beautiful… excellent work!

For Coffee Lovers: Abraham’s Beneficio de Cafe in Esteli

Tucked away in a barrio in Esteli, Nicaragua, on the edge of a dry, dusty stream bed, is the family-owned coffee processing company of Abraham Enrique Castillo, Beneficio Centro America. It’s not a large facility, although at one time it was twice its current size, before their land was seized and inhabited by others.  Nor […]

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September 29, 2011 - 4:54 pm

Geoffrey Hadley - I have been browsing through this site and the photos are amazing. I know a lot of people that would pay a nice price for some of these pictures. Have you ever thought of putting a gig on fiverr.com to get your photos under the people. That would pay off without a doubt.
Great work, I love it.
All the best and all success

Geoff

March 24, 2010 - 6:08 pm

For Coffee Lovers III: El Beneficio de Cafe » Fritz Photography - [...] de Cafe of Abraham Castillo, shot in Esteli, Nicaragua.  (Please view the previous two posts: The First, with introduction, and the [...]

March 14, 2010 - 2:32 pm

For Coffee Lovers II: Abraham’s Beneficio de Cafe » Fritz Photography - [...] light, the rustic building, and the hard-working team.  And so I continue with my photo essay (view the previous post here), a bit of visual poetry from the highlands of Nicaragua: #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 [...]

Children of Esteli: INSFOP

While in Esteli, Nicaragua, I’ve spent several days working with a non-profit called Instituto de Formacion Permanente.   Among their many programs, INSFOP offers a Saturday day camp for marginalized youth.  They pick the kids up by bus in the city, and drive everyone just past the outskirts of Esteli, to their camp.  (Do you remember […]

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March 25, 2010 - 8:09 pm

The Eyes Have It: More Children of Nicaragua » Fritz Photography - [...] can also view my previous post of photographs of children in my volunteer work with INSFOP here in [...]

Alberto Gutierrez, Sculptor, in the Reserva Tisey

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Alberto Gutierrez could be called many things: hermit, farmer, eccentric, recluse, sculptor, folk artist, walking piece of history, national treasure.  I don’t know that all of these would be accurate descriptions, but I do know this: he is a talkative, friendly fellow, who loves art, loves poetry, and loves his property in Cerro Jalacate, in […]

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October 22, 2010 - 11:57 am

Eliza - Hi,

I work for a global education and youth leadership program based out of San Francisco. I lived in Nicaragua for a few years and continue to work down there 2-3 times a year. I just came across your photos and stories-I’ve visited alberto many times and your stories and photos are truly incredible. Thank you for capturing these images and experiences.

Best,

Eliza

April 14, 2010 - 7:36 pm

fritzphoto - No trabaja, Carlos! No puedo escribirte. Tienes un otro correo? Puedes tratar integrityhomebuyer@gmail.com para escribirme.

April 13, 2010 - 9:31 pm

carlos - hola amigos, soy carlos trate de escribirte pero no pude enviar el correo me do regreso, parece que esta mal escrito o no se que paso. pero este el mi correo carl_529@yahoo.com
quizas pueden enviarme un correo saludos

February 27, 2010 - 1:09 pm

Linda Shapiro - Bravo Fritz! What a lovely character portrait of this talented man. Thanks for a thoughtful view of the country and one of its people.

May 7, 2013 - 10:08 pm

The giving tree | Algo Nuevo Bajo El Sol - [...] I have included a link to someone else’s blog because they have some good pictures. Since I ca… [...]

April 25, 2011 - 1:55 pm

Semana Santa « …and hope does not disappoint - [...] which is pretty impressive for a semi-hermit that lives in the middle of nowhere in Nicaragua. Here is another site that has much prettier pictures that I could have taken with a good description of [...]

Nica Libre Cigar Factory

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Now, here is a man who appreciates his craft. I’ve spent a few hours in the Nica Libre cigar factory here in Esteli, getting to know the process of cigar making, and photographing it.  While I don’t care for cigars myself, nonetheless, I find the process to be fascinating and the product to be beautiful.  […]

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March 11, 2010 - 7:07 pm

fritzphoto - James, this isn’t a family shop–I’m not sure there are any here. There are 16 fabricas here in Esteli, and this seems to be one of the smaller ones. But they produce a lot of product, and it’s well rated in online forums.

Remind me when I return; I have a cigar with your name on it!

March 11, 2010 - 7:03 pm

fritzphoto - Well Stacee, I didn’t take you for a cigar lover, but I’ll have one for you when I return!

February 20, 2010 - 12:44 pm

Marie - I want a cigar. Is that lengthy?

February 19, 2010 - 8:01 pm

James - Fritz, thanks for sharing these images from your adventure. It’s amazing to see these craftsmen creating a product, by hand, that many of us in the more developed world may take for granted. I can almost smell the pungent air as the fermented tobacco leaves are laid flat and transformed into these beautiful little uniform works of art.
Is this a family cigar shop by any chance?
James

February 19, 2010 - 7:43 pm

Stacee Taft - Meaningful or just lengthy? ;) You know I could go on for pages… tee hee

I do love the first photograph you posted… seems like he’s creating his own job security by smoking his own work. :) I love looking at their hands. They work so hard… most of us have no idea, here in the States, what work like that is like.

I love that you not only take beautiful photographs, but that you stop to learn their stories. “Everyone has a story… tell me yours” is a phrase I’m trying to adopt so I’m not tempted to talk too much or make it all about me. :)

We miss you guys, but are so thankful you’re having a wonderful adventure together! I love that you let us “travel” with you by posting stories and photographs!

Thank you for being such an awesome role model in so many ways. (and I’m not saying that for a cigar, I really mean it!)
- Stacee

March 12, 2010 - 4:02 pm

Tobacco Farming and Curing in Nicaragua » Fritz Photography - [...] interesting to note the similarities between cigar making and coffee production, both of which are major enterprises in this area. Listening to someone talk [...]

Pooed and Pawed by a Capucin Monkey

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The other day, while photographing in a Nicaraguan cigar factory, I noticed in the courtyard several cages containing exotic animals.  One contained a cat of some sort, perhaps a lynx or bobcat, pacing his 4-foot square cage.  Another contained several parrots.  And the third contained 2 capucin monkeys. Monkeys are pretty cute creatures, and strangely […]

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Granada, Nicaragua

Granada, Nicaragua

On the Road Again So I’m sitting on an American Airlines flight between Dallas and Miami, on the way to Nicaragua, reading Nexos, their Spanish-language in-flight magazine.  After twenty minutes, my head is already spinning, as I try to recall the meaning of words I haven’t studied in 20 years.  I made my way through […]

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February 14, 2010 - 1:50 am

Amy Karki - My God, those pictures are so beautiful! I am so happy you guys have such a wonderful opportunity to spend time there. Also, perhaps, the slightest bit jealous :) Can’t wait to see more.

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