ABOUT

Delmi Alvarez, is a Galician photojournalist and documentary photographer in contemporary issues, 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 (reconversión naval).

In documentary photography, there are several bodies of work that have attracted a special attention. The Galician Diaspora (1989-2009), the Emigration to Europe (Transmigrants, 2003-2016), the Yugoslav War (1991-1993), the life of the Cubans in the 90s during the Plan Especial en Periodo de Paz (1990-91), the mining gold with cyanid in Europe (In the name of gold, 2013), the declaration of independence in Catalunya ("En procés", 2017) or the Hambach forest (Hambi, 2018) in Germany.

Between 1990 and 1991 he lived in La Habana documenting the life of cubans as photographer and writer, work that won the first prize Fotopres (Barcelona). During a flight between República Dominicana and La Habana in 1991 the luggage was stolen and a lot of negatives in black & white about the documentary in the island is missing. 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).

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 DC and in the City University of New York (CUNY) in 2009, with the participation of galicians diáspora, experts and teachers. Two copies of this book are part now of the library collection. More than 20 films in black & white of the trip by Africa were destroyed in a lab by a mistake.

He is currently working in several personal projects, "Somewhere near paradise: Where God Lives" about society and social connections with the human being interaction in a digital era where mobile phones and apps that steal time instead of build strong relationships.

His big concern is about the legacy we will leave to the children of the future: a world of plastic, pollution, climate change, forests without trees, a great environmental disaster difficult to recover due to the "great technological advance" of the society of the modern world: "There is no planet B".

In September 2018, he began to document the struggle of people to protect the small Hambach forest (a.k.a. Hambi) in the northern state of Rhineland-Westphalia (NRW) in Germany. This amazing place is on the mind of mining company RWE, due to the project of expansion of a coal mine (lignite) which aims to destroy a millennial forest of 200 hectares where lives protected species such as the Bechstein bat.

In the educational aspect, he researches in Visual Anthropology applied to changes in societies (enrolled in a degree in Anthropology).


 
Portrait by © Wiktor Dabkowsky

Portrait by © Wiktor Dabkowsky