Susana Girón (Huéscar, Granada), 1975
She first received a master’s degree in Physical Education. Years later she also graduated in Photography and Visual Arts at the University Miguel Hernandez in Elche.
Her projects weave stories that usually speak of the everyday. The memory, the time, the identity of the places photographed, emotions, memories, cultural roots and the fragility of this intimate universe of experiences articulate her personal and distinctive visual narrative.
Her works are generally based on the creation of photographic topics which confront the subject outside the spotlight of today. Its iconography invites reflection, upon a second reading usually something unexpected encourages to continue discovering. Her personal technique favors the dialogue of emotions that help us to recognize ourselves in places and situations which, a priori, do not belong to us.
She has received several awards, including the Honor Award of Certamen Nacional Fernando Quiñones 2007, the photographic scholarship granted by Miguel Hernandez Univeristy 2007 or the nomination for the international photojournalism Festival Ciudad de Gijon 2010. In 2012 she has been shortlisted at Sony World Photagraphy Awards (Arts category). She was granted in 2012 with Fototraballo international Grant. She also has been awarded in the International Photography Awards Competition IPA 2012 and 2014 with four Honorable Mention. Winner of National Photojournalism Award Doñana in 2013. Third prize at China International Press Photo Award 2014. Shortlisted at VISA de la ANI pix palace Perpignan 2014, Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award 2014 and 2018 and Alfred Fried Photography Award 2015. Winner of Felix Ordoñez sport values photography award 2016 and Propuestas 2016 Grant supported by VEGAP. She received two Honorable mentions at Atlanta Photojournalism award 2017, being shortlisted at London Buisiness School awards 2019 with her project about transhumance “90 varas”.
Encontrar una buena historia es uno de los grandes desafíos que tenemos los fotoperiodistas y fotodocumentalistas. Todo está fotografiado, pero nuestra manera personal de ver y sentir, nuestro bagaje, nos hace únicos. Las grandes historias están ahí, cerca de nosotros
She has worked for ANESVAD Foundation, MSF and other NGO. Her solo exhibitions include Festival Fotoencuentros – CajaMurcia 2010, Festival Internacional de los Encontros da Imagem 2009 and 2014 of Braga (Portugal) curated by Rui Prata, Galería Contraluz of Pamplona or Lugo council in 2011. Also, she has exhibited in Paris, Tel Aviv and Ragusa rooms and in Madrid, in the Contemporary Art Museum and in Museo del Traje. She participated in the Backlight photo festival 2011 in Tampere (Finland). In 2012 Caixa Galicia Foundation exhibited her project “Faith, passion, destiny”. Her work has been also exhibited at Argentina Biennal on Documentary Photography (2012 and 2014, Tucumán), Zoom Photofestival Saguenay 2018 (Canadá) among many others.
Her images have been published in media such as New York Times, CNN, Stern, GEO France, El País Semanal, Days Japan, Terra Mater, Ojo de Pez, Vokrug Sveta, Le Figaro, El Mundo, EIKON magazine, El País, La Nacion, Art Magazine, Mia, Mujer Hoy, Interviú, Geographical magazine, Basel Zeitung,…. and assiduously illustrate a broad range of national and international media. Her pictures have illustrated cover books like nobel prize V.S. Naipaul. She has published several books: Legados: Generaciones en tránsito (Artual 2010), Faith, Passion, Destiny (Nortempo 2012). In 2019 TerraMater Books / Red Bull Media House published her new book about the transhumance “Zug der Schafe” part of her project “90 varas”. This book was launched at Cervantes Institute in Viena (Austria. April 2019).
She has been represented by Polaris Images (2010 – 2012). She has frequent collaborations as photography teacher and photographer in differents institutions like: Fundación Telefónica, Ultravioleta, Cadiz University (UCA), Hays, Spanish Embassy in Angola…
2010 she was founder member of Bluephoto collective. Currently is working in several personal long term projects and attending her assignments in media market.
Prefiero fotografiar la esperanza. Personas, historias que nos inspiran a sacar lo mejor que tenemos dentro. Como seres humanos somos capaces de dar lo mejor y peor de este mundo. Miro hacia lo cotidiano y positivo, no como un acto de insensata niñería, sino como un acto de profunda rebeldía