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Magnum Masters: Cristina de Middel
Cristina de Middel began a career in photojournalism in her home country, Spain, as a staff photographer for a newspaper. Filled with wanderlust and striving to search for, what she has described as: “the drama of life,” de Middel traveled frequently on her own time, notably to Bangladesh, Syria, and Haiti. In her travels, she sought to use photography to question conventional narratives found in newspapers, including stereotypes and misleading information, and soon came to practice photojournalistic impropriety by embedding her images with her own opinions and motives. This shift in her photographic practice prompted her to leave her job to pursue photography as a dual artistic and journalistic endeavor.
Her most critically acclaimed work, The Afronauts (2012), is a photo book in which de Middel reimagined a short-lived Zambian space program of the 1960s. The book’s characters wear colorful outfits foreign to any Western idea of space exploration and traverse terrain suspiciously akin to Earth. The out-of-place nature of the images intends to point out the problematic nature of an all-too-prevalent Western conception of African countries as less advanced. Her work has received much acclaim from critics interested in artistic presentations of a “post-truth” society and artists who complicate notions of journalist accuracy and truth in images.
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