A journalist and documentary photographer, ABEL RUIZ DE LÉON TRESPANDO has worked in radio, editing, and news presentation. In 1997, he witnessed how Taliban fundamentalists took power in Kabul, Afghanistan. Since 2001, he has worked as a special correspondent covering stories such as Afghanistan, the Turkish Kurdistan, the conflict in Iraq, and the 2004 presidential elections in Iran. He has also worked as a special envoy for the Ical agency and a regional newspaper of the Promecal group, writing daily chronicles and photographing scenes in places like Iraq or Lebanon. His photographs have been published in Efe Agency and the EPA (European Pressphoto Agency), Spanish newspapers, and international publications such as Newsweek and The New York Times.
In 2010, he received the first prize in the International Photography Awards (IPA) Contest, as well as twelve honorable mentions. The award-winning work, “The Birth of Fatime,” was exhibited in the Splaslight Studios Soho in New York. He has also won the first prize in the “Culture & Daily Life Portfolio” category in the 2010 WPGA The Annual Pollux Award, among others. Part of his documentary work on Kosovo, related to the unilateral declaration of independence of the Albanian majority in 2008, was nominated in the current affairs category for the L’iris d’ors in the Sony World Photography Awards 2009 held annually in Cannes, France. In 2011, he was nominated for his work on drug addicts in Kabul, Afghanistan in the fine art portraiture category.
The author of Escuchar a Irak (Blume, 2006) and Kosovo: venganza en la tierra de los cuervos (2001), Abel Ruiz de León Trespando is one of the three founding members of the documentary agency, Zerophoto. Currently, he produces documentaries in diverse places such as the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Kashmir and India. His website is www.abelruizdeleon.com.
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