Runa was founded by Karla Gachet and Ivan Kashinsky in 2011 and later joined by Misha Vallejo in 2012 and by Raul Amaru in 2016. It is a space where they share their joint and individual work with clients, friends, photographers, and the world. Runa means human being in Kichwa, one of the indigenous languages of Ecuador. The members specialize in stories about people and places they inhabit. They create intimate images that form a window into the lives of their subjects, allowing their audiences to explore and understand the realities of others. The photographers dedicate their time to telling stories through visual projects. Runa Photos is an archive of their work, an educational tool, and a place for discussion. They have worked in many countries across the world and have been on assignment with world leading documentary publications.