Cristina García Rodero

Spanish, b. 1949

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. Garcia Rodero joined Magnum in 2005 and became a full member in 2009.


Awards

2001         Image Award, Spanish Geographic Award, Spain
1996         Premio Nacional de Fotografía, Spain
1989         W. Eugene Smith Award, USA
1989         Book of the Year Award, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie,
                Arles, France

Exhibitions

2006         Cristina Garcia Rodero - Vu' La Galerie, Paris, France
2004         La Peregrinación de Santiago en Haití - Museo de las Peregrinaciones, Santiago de
                Compostela, Spain
2004         Das Mystische Spanien - Deutsche Gesellschaft für christliche Kunst, Munich, 
                Germany
2003         España Oculta  - Instituto Cervantes, Manchester, UK
2003         Americas - Casa de América, Madrid, Spain
2002         Aquaria - Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid, Spain
2001         Rituals in Haiti - Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Books

2000         Cristina Garcia Rodero, Photobolsillo, Spain
1994         Festivals & Rituals of Spain, Harry N. Abrams, USA
1992         Europa: El Sur (exhibition catalogue), Consorcio para la Organizacion de Madrid,
                Spain
1990         Espana Oculta: Public Celebrations in Spain, 1974-1989, Smithsonian Institution
                Press, USA
1988         Jewish Roots in Spain, Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana, Spain