Cristina De Middel

Crista de Middel Headshot Cristina De Middel (b. 1975) is a Spanish documentary photographer and artist who lives and works in Uruapan, Mexico. So, she joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in 2017. Consequently, as of 2019, she has become an associate member.

Middel investigates photography’s ambiguous relationship to truth. Blending documentary and conceptual photographic practices. So, she plays with reconstructions and archetypes in order to build a more layered understanding of the subjects she approaches. Working from the premise that mass media is reducing our real understanding of the world we live in, De Middel responds to an urgency to re-imagine tired aesthetic tropes and insert opinion in place of facts.

Her seminal monograph The Afronaughts was self-published in 2012 and quickly gathered critical acclaim in the photography world. It was included in the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2013. She has since gone on to make lots of work and books including A Place Both Wonderful and Strange, Muchismo and Jungle Check.

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