Alfredo Pourailly De La Plaza - Scientist in Residence

Alfredo Pourailly De La Plaza

Scientist in Residence

Alfredo Pourailly is a Chilean photographer and documentary filmmaker who is passionate about remote islands. He has been working on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago over the past seven years.

Storytelling research. Connecting stories from communities from the Arctic and the Patagonian archipelago.

Alfredo was born in Chile, a small country with a huge archipelago on the southern corner of the world. This territory has blown his mind since he was young: an endless ecosystem of unexplored and uninhabited fjords surrounded by mountains, forests and glaciers.

Alfredo studied filmmaking and did a master’s degree in Cultural Heritage. He founded his own production company where he has been working producing documentaries that showcase remote landscapes and their amazing inhabitants. He has explored and sailed around the Patagonian archipelago, Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn.

Alfredo has worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society, producing a documentary to create a protected marine area among Tierra del Fuego’s fjords, and produced a photo exhibition supported by Patagonia, which showcased the retreat of the glaciers on Tierra del Fuego because of climate change. This was published on several platforms including The Explorers’ Journal. Currently he is editing his documentary “The land of fire” supported by IDFA Bertha Fund and Hot Docs Cross Current Fund, which explores the human need for constant development, portraying rural lifestyles in Tierra del Fuego.

Alfredo is part of the Young Explorers Program where he will be working on a new storytelling project to connect the Arctic and the Patagonian archipelago through photography and the stories of their inhabitants and the challenges they are facing today.