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Javier Aguirresarobe Zubía

  • Javier Aguirresarobe Zubía © Bernabé Cordón / EL MUNDO

    Javier Aguirresarobe Zubía © Bernabé Cordón / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Oct 10, 1948

" Photography Director. He is one of the great masters of light and shadow. He took some of the most beautiful photographs in Spanish cinema."

Born in Eibar (Guipúzcoa) in 1948, he moved to Madrid to study at the Official Journalism School. He worked at different papers but his interest in film led him to the Official Film School, where he specialised in cameras and lighting. He has photographed films for directors such as Imanol Uribe, Julio Médem, Montxo Armendáriz, Fernando Trueba, Pedro Almodóvar and Alejandro Amenábar, with whom he collaborated on The Others and The Sea Inside. Outside Spain he has worked with international directors such as Milos Forman on Goya’s Ghosts, Woody Allen on Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and John Hillcoat on The Road, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. He has won several Goya Awards.


National Film Award (2004)
Goya Award for Best Photography (1992, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2005)

Essential works

  • El bosque animado © EFE

    El bosque animado (photography)

    Based on the novel by the Galician writer, Wenceslao Fernández Flórez, this portrayal of customs and manners mixes humour, reality and legend to create a fantastic universe of characters.

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  • The Dog in the Manger © EFE

    The Dog in the Manger (photography)

    The last film directed by Pilar Miró was this brilliant adaptation of the play by Lope de Vega.  

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  • Poster. Talk to Her © EFE

    Talk to Her (photography)

    A story by Almodóvar, with two male lead roles, winner of many international awards.

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  • The Girl of Your Dreams © EFE

    The Girl of Your Dreams (photography)

    A comedy of sketches that mixes melodrama and history to examine how politics can affect film.

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  • Shooting. The Others © EFE

    The Others (photography)

    With a technical execution recalling the suspense classics, this film won awards including the Goya Best Film Award. 

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