Delmi Alvarez, is a documentary photographer of social affairs, environment and human rights. His works have been published in magazines, newspapers and displayed in exhibitions. His professional career start in 1983 as writer and photojournalist for the newspapers La Región, A Nosa Terra and El País, in the middle of social worker conflicts.
In documentary photography, there are four bodies that have attracted special attention. The Galician Diaspora (1989-2009), the Emigration to Europe (2003-2016), the Yugoslav War (1991-1993) and the life of the Cubans in the 90s, during the Plan Especial en Periodo de Paz.
Between 1990 and 1991 lived in La Habana documenting the life of cubans as photographer and writer, work that won the first prize Fotopres (Barcelona). After Cuba he wents to Yugoslavia war (1991-93) as correspondent for a newspaper writing chronicles and sending pictures from the frontline, writing a book about the atrocity and aftermath of the conflict Reporteiro de guerra en Iugoslavia. Ed. Xerais, Crónica).
Between those years stroked the world of the fashion, realizing works for several magazines.
Throughout his career he has been invited as guest lecturer and speaker in different places and countries, universities and schools about the importance of visual story telling, documentary photography and photojournalism. As writer he published several books and one documentary long term project “Galegos na Diáspora, 1989-2009”. In this master piece of work based in visual ethnography, the photographer traveled around the world looking for the Galicians emigrated from Galicia, like his grandmother and grandfather to Cuba, and aunts to Germany. The book, with more 500 pages with black & white images had a presentation in the Library of Congress in Washington DCin 2009 and in the City University of New York (CUNY) with the participation of galicians diáspora. Two copies of this book are part now of the library collection.
Delmi organized and curated several projects of photography (books and workshops) with international photographers in cooperation with Ian Berry and Richard Kalvar from Magnum photos agency. In 1989 began a long term project about Camino de Santiago involving from 2006 till 2008 to 13 photographers of Europe creating a documentary of the ancient pilgrim way to Santiago de Compostela with a exhibition running all the world from Copenhague to Japan or Sao Paulo sponsored by galician government. National Geographic Stock adquired images from his project Himbas in Namibia. In 2012 his project PHOTO YOUTH for children with special needs, started in Riga (Latvia), Pskov, Vyborg and St. Petersburg (Rusia) in the programme Estlarus for young people and finished in July 2013.
In 2013 began a long term project In the name of Gold about the mega mining in Europe using the cyanid in Galicia, Asturias, Romania, and Greece.
In November 2014, the Yale School of Forestry Environmental Studies organized a photo exhibition about Digging Gold with images of this project and other photographers: Larry C. Price, Ron Haviv and Robin Hammond. The event was co-sponsored by F&ES SIGs: International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF), Yale Extractive Industries Working Group (XWG), Health & Environment at Yale, Environmental Justice at Yale, Latin America SIG and Africa SIG; The Earth Institute of Columbia University; The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
As documentary filmmaker Delmi co-produced with TVG (Televisión de Galicia) three documentaries broadcasted in 2006, 2009 and 2010, as stories of Galicians living in the diáspora, in Africa, Venezuela and Russia. His main concern is follow working in the inmigration issues from the anthropology as universal phenomenon. Two more documentaries were filmed in Namibia, Himbas, struggle for survive, and Fuga de cerebros, filmed in USA, Germany, Sweden and France.
Throughout his career he has been awarded with two Fotopres prizes (Barcelona) and by Diena media (Riga). As educational member of the photographers community he has a long experience as lecturer, teacher and exhibitions in faculties, schools and other public organizations.
He feels the need to explore new ideas and transmit knowledge to new generations of photographers and visual artists, or who wish to pursue the world of photography as a personal expression and acquire the opportunity to obtain a better education. His vision as a documentary photographer has matured over the years thanks to the many trips he has made throughout the world and also to the knowledge of other cultures always from a humanistic point of view and cultural relativism.
He is currently involved in research in the Visual Anthropology and ethnography and enrolled in a degree in Anthropology.