Samuel Aranda


“I was born in 1979 in Santa Coloma de Gramanet, Barcelona, and started as photojournalist at 19 for the Spanish newspapers El Pais and El Periodico de Catalunya.
At 21 I traveled to the Middle East to cover the Palestinian-Israeli conflict for the Spanish agency EFE.

In 2004 I joined AFP, covering multiple conflicts and social issues in Spain, Pakistan, Gaza, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestinian Territories, Morocco, Western Sahara and China.

In 2006 my feature about African immigrants trying to reach Europe was awarded with the Spanish National Award of Photography from the photojournalist association ANIGP-TV. The images were also featured at Visa Pour L´Image and in a documentary from the BBC.

In 2006 I returned to freelancing. Since then my work has included projects on Uzbekistan´s Aral Sea, social issues in India, Kosovo´s independence, South Africa before the World Cup, conflict in Colombia, the dispute between Moldova and Transnistria, street kids in Bucharest and the Camorra mafia in Naples.  In 2011 I began ongoing coverage of the Arab revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. My work on this issue thus far has been displayed in an exhibition at the Cervantes Institute in New York and featured on the “photos of the year 2011” by The New York Times.

I received the 2012 World Press Photo for a image of the Yemeni uprising while on assignment for The New York Times.  At the moment I work as a freelancer mainly for The New York Times.
Currently based between Barcelona and Tunisia and my work is represented by Corbis Images.”

-source: .samuelaranda.net


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