"I am interested in nuns, thieves, and gardens. In the rotting body, witchcraft, hotel receptions, and heaven's gates. Phantoms, funeral directors, and gravity."

- Lúa Ribeira

b. 1986


Based in Spain


Available for commissions
& assignments

Lúa Ribeira was born in As Pontes, in northern Spain, in 1986. Stemming from her own heritage as a Galician, her work deals with dynamics of oppression and the mechanisms of exclusion implied by dominant culture. Her practice is characterized by its collaborative nature, extensive research and an immersive approach to her subject matter. She is interested in using the photographic medium as a means to create encounters that establish relationships and question structural separations between people and communities.

Ribeira has received several honors, including the Firecracker Grant for Women in Photography and the Jerwood/Photoworks Award, and has been nominated for the Foam Paul Huf Award and Prix Pictet 2019. Her work has been featured in Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now (published by Thames & Hudson, 2017) as well as Raw View magazine’s “Women looking at Women” (2016). Her work has been exhibited internationally, in both solo and group shows, at Beijing Photo Biennial, Tabacalera (Madrid), Fundación Luis Seoane (A Coruña) and the International Center of Photography (New York).

In 2023, her first monograph was published by Dalpine, entitled Subida al cielo and featuring five series made between 2016 and 2020, in which she approaches topics with a historical relationship to documentary photography and representation, often within the context of institutionally constructed or held groups. “Los afortunados” (The Fortunate Ones) takes place in Melilla, alongside a group of young people in their journey to reach Europe from Morocco. In Galicia, Ribeira’s homeland, “Aristócratas” (Aristocrats) is made in collaboration with a religious institution that cares for a community of women with cognitive disabilities.

Ribeira joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in 2018, becoming an associate member in 2020 and a full member in 2023. She is based in Bristol, UK.

Selected works


Agony in the Garden

Lúa Ribeira

Danielle Ezzo talks to the photographer about the inspiration behind her latest project, collaborating with individuals in the emerging trap and drill music scenes in Spain

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