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Alvaro Ybarra Zavala

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My training as a photographer began when I was a child, thanks to my grandfather. When I was very young, I already spent most of my time playing with photo cameras and developing the film in the darkroom. Photography was like walking to me, it has always been present in my life, and I grew with a camera in my hands.

My only formal training experience took place thanks to the World Press Photo Foundation, which selected me to participate at the Joop Swart Masterclass.

Currently, I am proud to be a Represented Photographer with Reportage by Getty Images, having joined in early 2009. This is a project with which I feel completely identified, and where I am lucky enough to share the experience with an exceptional team of photographers.

Formerly, early in my career, I had the opportunity of being invited to become a member of the VU Agency where, thanks to the support provided by Christian Canjoulle I was able to grow, both as a photographer and as an individual.

Since the very beginning, a particular concept left a lifelong impression on me, and has simultaneously become the backbone of all my work, as well as the way in which I understand photography. It is the contradiction shown in the behaviour of humans, who at times are able to become wolves and turn against their fellow man. This represents the foundation on which my whole career as a photographer is laid. It is a search intended to reflect the darkest side of ourselves, which regretfully is often repeated through generations, and to confront our true values.

This body of work I have produced has seen me photograph some tragic chapters of our recent history, including the wars in Chechnya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo, Uganda, Colombia, Lebanon and Darfur, the terrible episodes of the Haiti Earthquake and the dark legacies of the tsunamis in Japan and Indonesia, the social movements in Latin America, the hidden face of new emerging world powers like India or China, or the horrible legacy of the AIDS epidemic.

This work has been published worldwide in magazines including Time, Newsweek, the Sunday Times, Vanity Fair, Le Monde, L´Espresso, and El País Semanal, which have represented a strong support during my nearly fifteen years of professional career. I have also co-operated with organisations like Human Rights Watch, the International Committee of the Red Cross and UNHCR.