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"I tried to photograph the mysterious, true and magical soul of popular Spain in all its passion, love, humor, tenderness, rage, pain, in all its truth; and the fullest and most intense moments in the lives of these characters, as simple as they are irresistible, with all their inner strength"

- Cristina Garcia Rodero

b. 1949

Spanish

Based in Puertollano, Spain

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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 are considerable, but the aesthetic 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.

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Selected works

Society

Maria Lionza: The Goddess of Springs

Cristina Garcia Rodero

Continuing her documentation of religious rites and practices, Spanish photographer Cristina Garcia Rodero documents the people of Venezuela who follow the cult of Maria Lionza

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Current Exhibition
Munich, Germany

“Magnum Manifesto” in Munich

Magnum Photographers
Until Jan 27, 2019

Arts & Culture

Magna Brava Ongoing

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Past Exhibition
Stavelot, Belgium

Magnum Contact Sheets in Belgium

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Until Dec 2

Past Exhibition
Paris, France

Magna Brava Ongoing

Magnum Photographers
Until May 4

Past Square Print Sale

Closer

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Jun 5 - 9

Past Workshop
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Magnum Caravan Workshop in Rio de Janeiro

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Apr 22 - 30

Theme | 23 Stories

Migration and Refuge

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

I Welcome: an Amnesty International & Magnum Photos exhibition

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Until Dec 18, 2016

Past Square Print Sale

Conditions of the Heart: on Empathy and Connection in Photography

Magnum Photographers
Oct 31 - Nov 4

Past Exhibition
Daoulas, France

Maria Lionza by Cristina García Rodero

Cristina Garcia Rodero
Until Dec 31, 2016

Past Exhibition
Eschborn, Germany

Magnum Contact Sheets

Magnum Photographers
Until Aug 19, 2016

Past Exhibition
Stuttgart, Germany

Odyssey Europe

Magnum Photographers
Until Jul 9, 2016

Past Exhibition
Reggio Emilia, Italy

EXILE

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Until Jul 10, 2016

Arts & Culture

Between Heaven and Earth

Cristina Garcia Rodero

Past Square Print Sale

The (More or Less) Decisive Moments

Magnum Photographers
Jun 6 - 11

Newsroom

Women Unlimited: Oxfam International Women’s Day

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Theory & Practice

Magnum Contact Sheets

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Theory & Practice

Georgian Spring

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Theme | 8 Stories

NGOs & Non-Profit Projects