Samuel Aranda

 CCCB, Miquel Taverna, 2016


Samuel Aranda (Santa Coloma de Gramanet, 1979) began to work as a photojournalist at the age of nineteen when his work was published in the newspapers El País and El Periódico de Catalunya. At the age of twenty-one he covered the Israeli- Palestinian conflict for the Spanish international news agency EFE. In 2004 he went to work for Agence France-Presse and photographed numerous conflicts in Spain, Pakistan, Gaza, Lebanon, Iraq, the Palestinian Territories, Morocco, Western Sahara and China. In 2006, his work on African emigrants trying to enter Europe received the National Photography Prize. The same year he started working again as a freelance journalist with projects on the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan, social issues in India, independence in Kosovo, the period leading up to the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the conflict in Colombia, the war between Moldava and Transnistria, street children in Bucharest and the Camorra in Naples. In 2011 he began to cover the Arab revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, after which his work was exhibited in the Cervantes Institute in New York and featured among The New York Times Photos of the Year. He was winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2012 for a photograph he took when covering the revolution in Yemen. He is presently working as a freelance journalist, basically for The New York Times.

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