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SPECIES

  • Prize
    Gold in Portraiture/Other
  • Company
    ucia Herrero
  • Photographer
    Lucia Herrero
  • Credit
    Species represented in the catalogue are 17: The rice field workers, the unemployed men who spend their time fishing, the beauty queen, the duck hunters, the housewives, the fisherwomen, the firemen, the guards, the waiters, the bikers, the heavy metal local group, the boat man, the landowner, a young boy from the village, the artists and the police… I develop in photography what I call “Antropología Fantástica”. I portrait in a documentary and theatrical style, people or groups with fantasy and dramatic elements. It is a photo-event in which the actors interpret themselves.

SPECIES, is a sociological study where reality and fantasy get mixed. These images are the
pages of a “Catalogue of Species from the Albufera Natural park”. Not animal or vegetal
species, but human ones.

I portrayed what I consider to be every representative group of that land. They have in
common being inhabitants of this microclimate formed by water. Each group relates with
this land in a particular way: protecting it, passing by, getting fed by it, exploiting it
or simply giving to it their unearthly beauty as a present.

They float on the water. The landscape acts as magic background: They belong to it and it
belongs to them.

The final result are images which style is marked between social document (portrait of the
rural Spain) and a social experiment / artistic performance process.

*(The models stand on plastic boxes placed under the water. No retouching).

I was trained in architecture, photography and physical theatre. This shaped my vision as an artist.

I´ve won international prizes and exhibited internationally

I developed an approach to documentary photography called by me Antropología Fantástica (Magic Realism). Part documentary, part fantasy – I research new ways photographic storytelling. I create photo-events in which the actors interpret themselves.
My subjects are part of the real world and part of a larger, imaginative world based on collective memory, history, and community. Each picture is larger than what meets the eye.

Awards 2010 SFR Jeunes Talents. Rencontres d’Arles official program (France)
2010 SFR Grand Prix 2010, finalist (Paris)
2010 Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña, finalist (Madrid)
2010 Photomeeting Ojo de Pez, 10 best portfolios (Barcelona)
2010 Month of Photography Bratislava, 15 best portfolios (Bratislava)
2010 SFR MAP10, finalist (France)
2010 SCOOP Photojournalism Festival, finalist (France)
2010 Viewbook Photostory contest, honorable mention
2010 PixMo award, La Laboral centre of Art of Gijon, Spain, first prize (Spain)
2011 Sony awards, Photojournalism and documentary-People, third prize (London)
2011 Le Prix Exchange of Boutographies (Montpellier)
2011 Prix Coup de Coeur Rencontres d’Arles portfolios (Arles)
2011 IPA, International Photography Awards, first prize “Book/People”, third prize “Nature”, 2 honorable mentions.
2011 Lensculture International Exposure Award, honorable mention (contemporary photography network, Amsterdam)
2011 Thecolorawards, nominated in 3 categories
2011 Kyosato Museum of Photographic arts-KMOPA, Portfolio acquisition (Japan)
2011 International Loupe Awards, silver and bronze awards
2011 The Terry O’Neill Award, third prize
2012 Critical Mass, finalist
2012 Art residency at Halsnoy Kloster, (Halsnoy, Norway)
2012 Coup de Coueur ANI at Visa pour l’image (Perpignan)
2012 PDN's 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch, nominated
2013 Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2013, finalist (Łódź,Poland)
2013 Selected Participant in Review Santa (Fe Santa Fe,USA)
2013 IPA, first prize, three honorable mentions
2018 Kuala Lumpur Photo Awards, Grand Prize, “Reindeer Man” Malaysia)
2018 Kuala Lumpur Photo Awards finalist, “Tribes” (Malaysia)
2018 LensCulture Street Photography Awards, Jury’s choice prize, “Tribes” (Amsterdam)
2018 PX3, portrait art & documentary,gold, silver and bronze awards (Paris)
2018 One Eyeland, fashion-documentary selected 10 Spain “Tribute to bata” (USA)
2018 AFAR’s Travel Photo Awawards, juror prize "Tribes"