Ana Palacios is a journalist and photographer. She divides her time between international film production and documentary photography, shining a light on broken corners of the world in collaboration with NGOs such as Manos Unidas, África Directo and In Movement. Represented by Espacio Foto, her work on cooperation in development has been published in international publications such as The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Stern, Die Spiegel, Days Japan, 6 Mois, Daily Mail, XL Semanal, El País, Tiempo, Yo Dona, Mundo Negro, etc.
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Ana Palacios is a journalist and photographer. She graduated in Journalism in Pamplona, followed by film and photography studies in UCLA, Los Angeles, where she lived for several years. She was born in Zaragoza and currently lives in Madrid. She worked as a journalist for the newsroom at Antena 3 Televisión, she has run communications departments, and for more than fifteen years she has been working as a film production coordinator, particularly on international co-productions. She has worked with directors such as Ridley Scott, Milos Forman, Tony Kaye, Michael Radford, Jim Jarmusch and Roman Polanski.
Between films, she produces documentary photography, always in connection with development cooperation projects in Asia and Africa. Her photographs raise awareness of childhood and women’s issues for various NGOs, including Manos Unidas, Africa Directo or In Movement. She photographs the world’s broken places: orphanages, asylums, hospitals, psychiatric units, ghettoes and the like. Her intention is to make vulnerable communities visible with a sense of optimism and hope. She has lived alongside homeless women in India, lepers in China, albinos in Tanzania, tribes in Ethopia, pygmies in Burundi and children at risk of social exclusion in Uganda, who have become the subjects of some of her work.
Represented by Espacio Foto Gallery. She collaborates with Gea Photowords and Fotodos (Madrid). She publishes in international publications such as The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Stern, Die Spiegel, Days Japan, 6 Mois, Daily Mail, XL Semanal, El País, Tiempo, Yo Dona, Mundo Negro, etc. writing about issues related to human rights.
In 2015 published her first book “Art in Movement” about art as a tool for social change in Uganda, published by La Fábrica and sponsored by Fundación la Caixa. In 2016 she published her second book “Albino”, sponsored by the regional government of Huesca and Huesca’s Town Hall. The exhibition for this project is touring in different art centres at the moment, sponsored by Telefónica.
2017Albino. Diputación Provincial de Huesca. January 10th to March 5th.
Slave Children. The back door. Casa de las Culturas. Zaragoza. March 20th to March 31st.
Albino. Les champs libres, Rennes (France). Abril to September (exact date TBC).
Albino. Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Collective exhibition. From 20th April to 20th May. Kuala Lumpur, Malasia.
The skin of Africa. Imaginaria photo festival. Museo de Bellas Artes. Castellón. May 4th to June 19th.
Albino. Museum of Sydney. Head On Portrait Prize exhibition screening. Collective exhibition. From 5th May to 9th July. Sydney, Australia.
Albino. Centro de Iniciativas Culturales, Universidad de Sevilla. June 14th to August 30th.
Albino. Archivo Municipal de Málaga. September and October (exact date TBC).
Art in Movement. The Frames Gallery. Collective exhibition. From 19th to 29th September. London, UK.
Albino. Paraninfo. Zaragoza.
Albino. Pirineos Sur Festival. Huesca.
The skin of Africa. Microteatro. Madrid.
The skin of Africa. Hospital Viamed. Logroño.
The skin of Africa. Denia Hospital. Denia (Alicante).
The skin of Africa. DKV Seguros. Zaragoza.
Art in movement. La Fábrica. Madrid.
Spanish Photographers in Africa. Collective exhibition. Spanish Cultural Center. Bata, Guinea Ecuatorial.
Art in movement. JustMad Fair. Madrid.
Art in movement. House of Cultures. Zaragoza.
Planet in Positive. Collective exhibition. Stories Center. Zaragoza.
Albino. Espacio Foto Gallery. Madrid.
Albino. Alliance Française. Madrid.
Albino. Alliance Française. Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Being a woman in India. Collective exhibition. Mesonada Civic Center. Zaragoza.
Albin hearts. Days with art. Collective exhibition. C.C. CAI Roncal. Zaragoza.
Mujeres con Focus. Collective exhibition. “Miradas de Mujeres” Festival. Fernando de Castro Foundation. Madrid.
India. Wounded Virginity. Enlatamus. Remolinos, Zaragoza.
India. Wounded Virginity. Ibercaja Zentrum. Zaragoza.
India. Wounded Virginity. PhotoEspacio Gallery. Madrid.
Ana Palacios’ photographies are in both private and public collections such as:
• DKV Seguros Collection
• María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation.
• Genes y Gentes Foundation (Genes and People Foundation).
• The Heraldo de Aragón Newspaper Museum.
• Fernando de Castro Education for Women Foundation.
• Kilimanjaro Medical Center, Moshi. Tanzania.
• Universidad de Zaragoza.
Fine Art Photography Awards (FAPA). People Category. Winner.
Sienna International Photo Awards (SIPA). Daily Life Category. Finalist.
Siena International Photo Awards (SIPA). Children Category. Finalist.
Travel Photographer Awards. Finalist.
Pollux Awards. Portrait Category. Finalist.
Pollux Awards. Documentary Category. Finalist.
Nikonians Photography Awards. Finalist.
Head On Photo Festival. Portrait Category. Semi-finalist.
Social Documentary Network. Featured Photographer.
Neutral Density Awards (ND). Editorial: Daily Life Category. Two Honorable Mentions. People. Children Category. Three Honorable Mentions.
Neutral Density Awards (ND). Photo Essay / Story Category. Winner.
1999 – to the present: Production Coordinator for Film and Television.
Feature Films: Exodus, Kingdom of Heaven, Asterix at the Olympic Games, The Liberator, Intruders, The Inbetweeners, The Limits of Control, La Mula, Tirante el Blanco, Queen of Swords, Goya’s Ghosts and The Dictator, among others.
She has worked for production companies such as the BBC, Fox, Paramount, etc. and with directors Ridley Scott, Michael Radford, Jim Jarmusch, Tony Kaye, Milos Forman and Roman Polanski among others.
“Charlas con compromiso” – Fundación la Caixa. Zaragoza, Barcelona, Lérida, Tarragona and Mallorca. 2016 – 2017.
Press Offices & Marketing:
Palacio Vistalegre – Communications Director. Exhibition venue for events in large format. Madrid. 2001 – 2003.
Media DIGISAT – Marketing Director. Audiovisual Fair for Latin America and Spain. Madrid. 1999.
Fine Art Connection – Fine Art Connections Gallery. Art Consultant. Beverly Hills, EE.UU. 1997.
Steve Reich Photography – Studio and Locations Assistant. Los Angeles, EE.UU. 1997.
Antena 3 TV – Reporter 1997 – 98.
BA in Journalism, from the University of Navarre, Pamplona. 1990 – 1995.
Master Certificate Program in Film & TV, in UCLA. Los Angeles, USA. 1996 – 1997.
Various courses of film production, photojournalism, digital photography, developing and printing in black and white, photography touching-up, etc. at the University of California, San Francisco, University of California, Los Angeles and University of Navarre.