Udege people have lived in the Boreal Jungle for hundreds of years. Due to their close contact with Nature, their beliefs are riddled with references to supernatural forces who shall be respected.
In 1997 a Russian poacher called Markov ran into the trail of a gigantic Amur tiger. Despite the risk, Markov saw the tiger ?s footprints as a promise for a better life. He shot the tiger, but was not able to kill it. Udege people believe that if someone attacks a tiger without a reason, Amba will hunt him down. Unexpectedly, Markov unleashed the Amba, the dark side of the tiger.
During the following 72 hours the animal tracked down Markov and killed him. Later investigations suggest that the tiger planned its movements with a rare mix of strategy and instinct and most importantly, with a chilling clarity of purpose: Amba was seeking for revenge.
This animistic belief constitutes the leitmotiv to experience the impact of Nature in the Udege communities across one of the last remains of shamanism: the hunter ?s culture.
Master in Visual Arts at Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, my work focuses on realities usually ignored by mass media. I conceive photography as a tool to give civil society in post-conflict zones the chance to be heard, exploring the environment, costumes and traditions of those people at risk of exclusion. My photographs have been published in international media such us New York Times, Forbes, Days Japan, National Geographic, Sunday Times Magazine or British Journal of Photography among others.
I am also co-founder of ANHUA, a collective of photographers and visual artists who have decided to join to document the social, historical and contemporary. Specializing in documentary reportage and author focused its commitment issues and concerns related to human rights, anthropology, economics and environment.
Winner Juror´s Choice Award Center, Santa Fe
Winner FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Project
Emerging Photographer Fund Finalist
Finalist Magnum-Ideas Tap Foundation Award
Honorary Mention Photographic Museum of Humanity
British Journal of Photography Ones to Watch
Gold Medal China International Photographic Art Exhibition 1st Prize Contemporary African Photography Award (POPCAP)
2nd Prize Festival Internacional de Fotografía de México (FINI)
Fórum Photographic Can Bastè Grant
1st Prize Revela International Photography Award
2nd Prize Pride International Photography Contest
Future Plans, State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The Hunter, Galería Freijo, Madrid. Spain
Fósil, Museo de la Minería de Sabero, León, Spain
The Hunter, Fundación Cerezales Antonino y Cinia (FCYCAC), León, Spain.
Fosil, comissioned by the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), León. Spain
Future Plans, Photon Festival, Valencia. Spain.
Wonderland / Transmongolian MAC/VAL Museum. Paris. France
Transmongolian, Cortona on the Move, Cortona, Italy.
Wonderland, DOCFIELD, IlMondo Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.
Wonderland, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Castilla y León (MUSAC), León. Spain. Wonderland, Fucares Gallery. Madrid. Spain.
Future Plans Pondycherry Festival, Pondycherry, India.
Transmongolian, Hungry Still, Format Gallery, Derby, United Kingdom
Future Plans, Athens Photo Festival, Athens, Greece.
Future Plans, Delhi Photo Festival, India Habit Center, New Delhi, India.
Future Plans, Festival Internacional del Fotografía de México, Mexico DF, Mexico.
Future Plans, Vogele Kultur Centrum, Zúrich, Switzerland.
Future Plans, Fundación Can Basté, Barcelona, Spain.
Atlantes, Feria Internacional ARCO, Galería Fúcares, Madrid, Spain.
Future Plans, POP CAP´13, Basel, Switzerland.
Future Plans, Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos, Nigeria.
Transmongolian, PhotoEspaña´12 Galería Fúcares, Madrid, Spain.
Ninja! FIebre del Oro en Mongolia, Galerías Fnac, Spain.
Pride Photo Award, the Old Church, Ámsterdam, Netherlands.
Premio Internaciona de Fotografía Revela, Can Basté, Barcelona, Spain.
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