Nacho Cordova is No Longer With Us

It’s a sad day in the iPhoneography community. This weekend, we lost one of our own. Yesterday, Nathaniel “Nacho” Cordova was involved in a fatal collision involving his motorcycle and a pickup truck pulling a 28-foot travel trailer. Nacho was 46.

In addition to his iPhone photography, Nacho was a popular associate professor and chairman of rhetoric and media studies at Willamette University.

I never met Nacho personally, but we occasionally exchanged emails. Most of our exchanges were online in forums.

Those of us who knew Nacho beyond his iPhoneography knew him to be an all around awesome guy. He was smart, eloquent, and always gracious. I saw him be a supportive friend to people online he’d never met face-to-face.

In discussions, his points were always intelligently made but never at the expense of anyone in the discussion. When Nacho contributed to a discussion, I always felt like he broadened my viewpoints just a little.

His photography was and still is beautiful. Or moving. Or the perfect capture of a moment. Nacho had an excellent eye for composition, shape, texture, light — he saw the whole image and conveyed the perfect moment, whether it was the stillness of a church or the smile on his subject’s face.

Nacho Cordova was a wise, wonderful and gentle soul.

I proudly have Nacho’s blog, foto-rhetoric, in my blogroll. Not only do I love his photography, but his words are remarkable and insightful as well.

Nacho, your vision, your words, your friendship and your grace will be missed by all those you have touched. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Michelle, his family, friends and students.



About Marty Yawnick (1793 Articles)
Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.
  • Marfitsin

    Rest In Peace :(

  • Lisa Jemison

    His pictures are inspiring. What a loss.

  • decaspert

    Rest in peace, Nacho..

  • @tabiwallah

    Nacho will always be with me.

  • Gordon Fraser

    This is terrible news. I can't quite believe it. I saw the twitter headline and presumed he'd changed his online name or something. I used to ride a large motorbike myself and had many close calls with "other drivers". On a bike you are close to nature but as you are not enclosed in a cage of steel you are also closer to death. My heart goes out to all his family and those who knew him. Terrible terrible day…..

  • nui

    This is a bad news to hear.. rest in peace Nacho.

  • Paul Moore

    A nice tribute to a great man, Marty. He will be truly missed by all in this community. RIP Nacho.

  • carlein

    terrible news … and unbearable for his loved ones

  • Rikko Bajacan

    rest in peace

  • Dhst_nl

    ….. I’m speechless after reading this post. I always enjoyed reading his posts on Photo-retoric, his other sites and Posts on divers forums. I think it’s not only a loss for the iPhoneography community, but a great loss for the whole photo community. Remember that he wasn’t only an iPhoneographet, but a true lover of the art of photography.

    I hope he

  • Dhst_nl

    <– continued from earlier post.

    I hope he'll find peace and hapiness at the place he is now.

  • loui77

    RIP Gentle Soul X

  • Benamon Tame

    A loss to everyone who was lucky enough to have their paths cross with his, either online or beyond. Great words that express well the thoughts of us all at this sad time.

  • Giuseppe Navone

    Rest in peace, friend Nacho!

  • Holly

    I was shocked and sadden to hear the news today. Nacho was a generous and thoughtful contributor to the iPhoneography community. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. He will be greatly missed.

  • Iphoneography Central

    Such sad, sad news. He left us with some beautiful images and thoughts. Thank you Nacho.

  • LindaJ

    Oh how sad. He was very kind and talented. My heart aches for the loss. May his family and friends find solace in knowing he touched so many people.

  • @scoodog

    Very sad and tragic news. We'll miss him, no doubt. Sympathies to his family and loved ones.

  • Robert Herold

    I was lucky to have the opportunity to be in touch with Nacho and to share thoughts. I always admired his clear and perspectival thoughts. His voice was a basic contribution to the understanding of the cultural dimensions of iphoneography. His death is an irrecoverable loss.

  • Roger Guetta

    A sad day indeed. A great and generous soul has left us. A remarkable man in many many ways. I will miss him. Condolences to Michelle and his son.

  • carlein

    terrible news … and unbearable for his loved ones

  • Veevs

    Very very sad and tragic – RIP Nacho

  • David Weekes

    Beautiful tribute to a warm and talented man. We will miss you, Nacho…

  • Jennifer Bracewell

    Very sad news. He was a kind and lovely person. Beautiful tribute, Marty.

  • kaphinga

    I never realized until this morning how much someone I never met in person can impact one's life. Just yesterday, I was thinking of "the practice of mindfulness," as Nacho so beautifully put it, while I wandered through the neighborhood with my iPhone in hand. Nacho's grace and eloquence, with words as well as images, elevated the nascent medium of iPhoneography. Nacho's passing leaves a huge gap in the iPhone community. Thank you, dear Nacho, for gently making us better artists and better people. You will be greatly missed.

  • Sandra

    Well said all, especially Marty and Kaphinga. I’m stunned & so very sad. Like Kaphinga says I can’t quite believe the impact someone I only knew online can have – a true testament to Nacho and his vision, clarity of thought and kind and generous soul. I will miss him. I can’t imagine what his family & close friends are going through right now. Peace and strength to all.

  • Jennyland

    I had no idea. Thank you for covering this, Marty. Rest in peace, Nacho. Gods blessings to his family.

  • Amy Leibrand

    I’m saddened and shocked by this news, just awful and tragic. His work is an inspiration and his comments always insightful. He surely will be missed by this community. My heart goes out to his friends and family during this difficult time. May they find peace.

  • joanrbada

    MI corazon esta destrozado por la gran perdida de Nacho siempre tellevare en el corazon

  • Drew

    He was always so supportive to everyone in the community and to me personally. I can't believe it. So tragic.

  • Jaime Ferreyros

    Nacho is taking iphoneography to a higher level…he’s taking it to heaven.

  • Jaime Ferreyros

    Nacho's taking iphoneography to a higher level…he's taking it to heaven.

  • Chris Lae

    His work has been and always will be an inspiration for myself and for others. Rest in Peace, sir.

  • @alexkess

    Great Tribute Marty. It makes me so sad that I never got to meet him in person, but his beautiful soul, wisdom and talent shone through in everything that he did.

  • Suzé

    What a thoughtful tribute Marty. A very sad loss for his family, his students, and the iPhonegraphy community. A truly generous and talented man.

  • jeannie

    So sad…

  • @mansibhatia

    Like so many others, I never met Nacho, nor talked to him. I didn't even interact with him directly, but his images on always inspired … and he was so open to mentoring, guiding, critiquing, sharing what others call "trade secrets". He helped me grow as an artist … it means so much to me that he would take the time to help strangers; he didn't need to but he did anyway. He was the guiding light in so many respects … one who validated iPhoneography as an art form. It truly is a sad day. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Nacho, you will be missed.

  • Clint Cline

    I do believe you have captured the Nacho I knew as well. Well-chosen words beautifully stated.

    I join you in your prayers for Michelle and her family during this difficult time.


  • Aga Dhiyaulhaq

    Rest in peace, Nathaniel ” Nacho ” Cordova. My deepest condolences and sympathies to his family. He will be sorely missed.

    Marty, your words perfectly capture the way I feel about Nacho. I never met him in person too but he’s somehow in my heart. I can’t imagine how difficult it is for his family and friends to cope with the loss. My prayers go to them.

  • Max Berkowitz

    My condolences to his friends + family.

  • Max T Frame

    In days of great sadness for me, I learned this news in disbelief and I do my sincerest condolences to the family. Nacho, with his generous comments has encouraged me to enter in a community mourning the loss of a inimitable friend.

  • urban muser

    it's amazing, the connections we make with people online. you don't realize the impact until something like this happens. nacho, i will miss your beautiful art and your thoughtful, insightful comments. peace to you and your family…

  • Keith

    Nacho, you will sorely missed by this family. My daughter is finishing up her rhetoric studies at Willamette in a year and you were her rock. Her inspiration. Her freind. We are devistated by your loss.

  • Amanda Koster

    Rest in peace Nacho. See you in heaven.