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Cristina García Rodero

  • Cristina García Rodero © José Aymá / EL MUNDO

    Cristina García Rodero © José Aymá / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Oct 14, 1949

" Photographer. She is known primarily for her photographic work portraying the traditions and festivals all around Spain, which has brought her international recognition. She was the first Spanish woman to work in the Magnum photojournalism agency. "

She was born in Puertollano (Ciudad Real) in 1949. She taught photography at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Complutense University in Madrid until 2007. In 1973 she obtained a grant from the Juan March Foundation for a photography project on hidden Spain, for which she would take over 15,000 photographs over a period of 16 years. She is the author of more than 850 documentaries made between 1973 and 1988 across the whole of Spain. She has never considered herself a press photographer, as her work has been based on her academic activity. She uses black and white for her more intimate and personal photos, and colour for photos in which she aims for a more objective approach.


Planeta Photography Prize (1985)
Photographer of the Year Award from the journal Foto Profesional (1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991) 
Eugene Smith Prize for Humanistic Photography (1989)
Arlés Book Award for the best photography book (Arlés, France) (1989)
Erich Salomon Prize (1990)
World Press Photo Prize in the Art category (1993)
Kaulak Photography Award (Villa de Madrid Awards) (1995)
Olorum Spanish-American Photography Award (Havana) (1996)
National Photography Award (1996)
Barcelona FotoGranPrix Award (1997) 
Second place in the La Caixa Foundation Fotopress Awards (1997) 
Godó Photojournalism Prize (2000)
Bartolomé Ros Award for Best Professional Career. PhotoEspaña (2000)
Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (2005)
Madrid Region Culture Award (2005)
Alfonso Sánchez García Prize for Graphic Journalism from the European Photojournalists Association (2007)
d'Achtall Observatory Photography Award (2012)

Highlighted works

  • España oculta
  • El mapa de España (The Map of Spain)
  • Festivals and rituals of Spain
  • Ojos son de España
  • Rome 2000: Una mirada española (Rome 2000: A Spanish View)
  • The pilgrimage in Santiago de Haiti
  • Americas
  • Aquaria
  • Rituals in Haiti
  • Black Rock City
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