Over the next month, I will be sharing some of the photographers who attended Review Santa Fe in June. Review Santa Fe is the only juried review in the United States and invites 100 photographers to Santa Fe for a long weekend of reviews, insights, and connections.
Cristina De Middel's amazing series, The Afronauts, has been on my radar for awhile. The first time I saw the series, it took my breath away with its originality and subject matter. The buzz at Review Santa Fe was not just about the work, but about the amazing book that accompanied it. Unfortunately, the book is sold out, but it's a sign that we need to be first in line for her next offering.
Cristina De Middel is a documentary photographer and artist now based in London that has been working as a photojournalist for different newspapers in Spain (and with NGO´s such as Doctors Without Borders or the Spanish Red Cross) for almost 10 years . She combines her strictly documentary assignments , which has been exhibited and awarded in several occasions (including a National Photojournalism Award Juan Cancelo and a special mention at the New Fnac Photographic Talent ), with more personal projects . This B-side of Cristina´s work deliberately asks the audience to question the language and the veracity of photography as a document and plays with reconstructions or archetypes that blur the border between reality and fiction. She received her MA in Fine Arts at the Universitat Politécnica de Valencia, Spain, her MA in Photography at the University of Oklahoma, a postgraduate degree in Photojournalism at the Barcelona Autónoma University, Spain and spent time in IV War Correspondents Training in Madrid Spain.
Images from the Afronauts book
Images from The AfronautsIn 1964, still leaving the dream of their recently gained independence, Zambia started a space program that would put the first African on the moon catching up the USA and the Soviet Union in the space race.
As a photojournalist I have always been attracted by the eccentric lines of story-telling avoiding the same old subjects told in the same old ways.
Now , with my personal projects, I respect the basis of the truth but allow myself to break the rules of veracity trying to push the audience into analyzing the patterns of the stories we consume as real.