Master Photographers : Cristina García Rodero

Cristina García Rodero was born in Puertollano, Spain. She studied painting at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Madrid, before taking up photography. She then qualified as a teacher and worked full-time in education. For the next 16 years, she also dedicated her time to researching and photographing popular and traditional festivities – religious and pagan – principally in Spain but also across Mediterranean Europe. This project culminated in her book España Oculta published in 1989, which won the “Book of the Year Award” at the Arles Festival of Photography.

The same year, García Rodero also won the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Foundation Prize. The documentary and ethnological value of her work is considerable, but the esthetic quality of her photography makes it more than a simple visual record. 

In recent years, García Rodero has traveled around the world in search of other cultures with particular traditions. Over a period of four years, she went several times to Haiti, where she has documented voodoo rituals, producing a series of expressive portraits and moving scenes flanked by engaging documentary observations. Rituals in Haiti was shown for the first time in the 2001 Venice Biennale.

Cristina García Rodero has received many prizes, including the Premio Nacional de Fotografía in 1996 in Spain. Her work has been widely published and exhibited internationally. She has published several books and has been a member of the agency Vu for more than 15 years. 

Master Photographers : Cristina García Rodero

Old cinema studios used for American movies, today a theme parc also used for advertising shootings – Almeria, Spain (1991)

Master Photographers : Cristina García Rodero

Holy Saturday – (Group of women marching on the streets and singing their grief at the death of Christ) Puglia, Italy (2000)

Master Photographers : Cristina García Rodero

Penitent leaning in front of the Virgin of Fatima – Fatima, Portugal

Master Photographers : Cristina García Rodero

Sorte mountain – (Maria Lionza cult, Oracle for the initiates) Yaracuy state, Venezuea (2008)

Master Photographers : Cristina García Rodero

Waterfall – Haiti (2001)

Master Photographers : Cristina García Rodero

Holi spring festival – India (2007)

Master Photographers : Cristina García Rodero

Barber – Baracoa, Cuba

Master Photographers : Cristina García Rodero

Grocery shop – Baracoa, Cuba

 

Master Photographers : Cristina García Rodero

Street scene – Baracoa, Cuba

Master Photographers : Cristina García Rodero

Master Photographers : Cristina García Rodero

source: magnumphotos.com

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