Arturo Rodríguez (Canary Islands 1977).
Documentary and portrait photographer based in Spain.
His career began as a contributor with the EFE Agency in 1994. Later, he worked for several local and national newspapers until 2005 when, after the passage of Tropical Storm Delta over de Canary Islands, he started collaborating with the REUTERS. The migration crisis a year later gave him the opportunity to work with The Associated Press (AP), where he worked in Spain and then Southeast Asia.
He has received more than thirty awards throughout his career, but undoubtedly, the most remarkable achievement came in 2007 when he was awarded two World Press Photo prizes for his work on Africa-to-Europe migration.
As a result of a documentary portrait project covering all ethnic groups in Myanmar, where he also lived, he was recognized with the Lightrocket award by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand. This later led to his being named Goodwill Ambassador of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in his native island.
Currently, he works as a freelancer, mainly for National Geographic and the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain.