The South.Southwest collection has been devised by the artists Sebastián Liste, Christina de Middel, Álvaro Ybarra Zavala, Laura León, Jesús Rocandio, Adriana Zehbrauskas, Stephen Ferry, Tomás Munita, Emilia Brandão. The artists all work under the patronage of Leica Iberia and pursue a profession as documentary, reportage or editorial photographers beyond the South.Southwest Collection. The collaborative South.Southwest project is an expressly artistic endeavour for which the photographers have curated a selection of works that compliment each other and pertain of a fine art quality. The particular instance of the South.Southwest collection which exhibited at and represented by re|space gallery focusses on Latin American identity, a subject to which the photographers each share personal and/or professional ties.
Born in Spain, Sebastian Liste is a documentary photographer and sociologist focused on portraying cultural changes and contemporary issues in Latin America and the Mediterranean. Since finishing his Masters degree in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, his works have been shown in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, TIME Magazine, The New Yorker, Photo District News, The British Journal of Photography, Daylight Magazine and more. Liste has won numerous awards and is represented in a number of public and private collections.
Christina de Middel
Christina de Middel, born in Spain, studied both fine art and photojournalism in higher education. Her works have been shown in solo- and group-exhibitions world-wide as well as winning her international awards. Furthermore, she has worked on commissions for clients such as The Nobel Peace Foundation, Christian Dior and Vanity Fair. De Middel combines techniques from documentary and conceptual photography to create more complex works. Having previously worked as a documentary photographer, the series The Afronauts (2012) marked her break into fine art photography.
Álvaro Ybarra Zavala
The Spanish documentary photographer and filmmaker Alvaro Ybarra Zavala has worked on photography projects worldwide. The photographer's works have been published in TIME magazine, New York Times, Le Monde and many more. Zavala has published five books and won numerous international awards. Having previously been a European Canon Ambassador, he now holds the position of Leica Ambassador as well as head of Leica Gallery and Leica Akademie Iberia.
Born in Spain in 1976, Laura Leon is a photographer and documentary filmmaker. Having initially studied Art History, Leon completed her studies at the School of Photography. Since then, she has worked with a number of agencies and brands in the realms of advertising and documentary photography. Her works have been published in Time Magazine, Fortune, New York Times, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Xl Semanal, YoDona, Le Monde Magazine, Wall Street Journal and more. Furthermore, Leon’s works have been exhibited internationally as well as having published her own book on photography.
The Spanish photographer Jesus Rocandio had founded his first gallery and photography school Cámara Oscura in Logroño in 1982. Rocanio has curated many photography exhibitions and published in various publications. The photographers personal works had been seldom seen by the public until he collated them in 2012. Rocandio works primarily in documentary and landscape photography.
As a Brazilian documentary photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona, Adriana Zehbrauska’s work focusses mostly on topics related to South America. The photographer is well known for her portrayal of the violence resulting from the drug trade in Mexico. Having won a multitude of international awards and having been published in publications such as The New York Times, UNICEF, The New Yorker and BuzzFeed News, Zehbrauskas has become a familiar name in photojournalism.
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the American photographer Stephen Ferry took up photography at a young age but completed a degree in history with a focus on Latin America. Ferry has been living in Columbia since 2000 and has travelled widely documenting social and political change, human rights and environmental issues. Ferry has received numerous prizes and has been published in publications such as York Times, GEO, TIME, National Geographic and more. In 2018, Stephen Ferry and his sister Elizabeth Ferry published the book La Batea on the social, political and environmental effects of gold mining.
The Chilean independent documentary photographer Tomas Munita is primarily focussed on portraying social and environmental issues. Having studied in Santiago de Chile, Munita became a freelance photographer in 2006. He has received the Leica Oskar Barnack Award for his photographs of Afghanistan and has also received four World Press Photo Awards. Furthermore, Munita works regularly with publications such as the New York Times, GEO-Magazin, National Geographic and has featured in the book Imagine published by Goss Gallery in 2006.
Emilia Brandao, born in Brazil, is primarily a portrait photographer who completed her Masters in Creative and Conceptual Photography in Madrid. Brandao has worked for commercial clients such as Nivea and has worked on editorial shoots such as for Vogue and Elle as well as a portfolio of personal projects. Apart from having won a number of prizes, Brandao has also exhibited in solo- and group-exhibitions internationally.