Alfredo Caliz

Madrid, Spain


Spanish, 1968

Alfredo Caliz began his career in photography at the age of 19 as a studio assistant. Not long after, he started working as a freelance photographer and has since been commissioned extensively by both Spanish and international publications. After covering the Zapatista uprising in Mexico in 1994 for the Spanish newspaper El Mundo he joined Cover Agency.

Over the years, Alfredo has travelled widely, producing over 150 photo stories for El Pais Semenal, the largest Spanish newspaper's weekend supplement. He joined Panos Pictures in 2008, expanding his international distribution network to publications including the New Yorker, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The New York Times, Vanity Fair and many others.

His first photo book - Inshallah - was published by the Three Cultures Foundation in 2006 with a grant from La Caixa Foundation which helped him sustain the project over a period of 10 years and numerous visits to Morocco. Alfredo has received numerous awards, including the Notodofotofest 2007 award and the UNICEF award for best reportage in 2006. He has also taught workshops and masterclasses at the Escuela de Fotografia Centro de Imagen (EFTI) in Madrid, the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon (MUSAC), La Maquina, Cienojos Tangier, the Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) in Nigeria and lectured at the Universidad Panamericana Mexico (UP).

Alfredo has also taken part in round table discussions by the Instituto Cervantes and served on several juries, especially the Fundacion Mujeres por Africa (Women for Africa Foundation) photo prize. Since 2007 Alfredo has been working extensively for Repsol, a Spanish energy company, all over the world. In 2013, Alfredo visited the Scottish island of Islay on a number of occasions to gather imagery that was used to build the corporate identity of The Botanist Gin distillery, Islay’s only Gin maker.

His work has been exhibited widely in Spain and Morocco in venues including Metrosur Madrid, Casa Encendida, Casa Elizalde and La Fabrica which also published a Fotobolsillo collection of his work in 2010. In 2012 he published 40, a set of portraits of 40 year olds in Spain and The Diary of a Taxi Driver in Casablanca, both published by the independent publisher 2 Sardinas Ediciones. In 2015 he was included in a photo book project called 'Todas Direcciones' where six photographers present their impressions of Spain, each travelling along one of the arterial roads coming out of Madrid and spreading across Spain.

Alfredo lives near Madrid.

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The Mauritanian town of Chinguetti, situated toward the end of one of the few paved roads that radiate out of the capital Nouakchott, was once considered among Islam’s holiest cities – the city of libraries.

25 years after fleeing from Chad following a military coup, Hissene Habre, the country’s former leader, is facing justice in Senegal where he has been living in opulence and obscurity since the early 1990s, charged with crimes against humanity.

Though she has become a Grammy-award winning international star, Oumou Sangaré is still very much at home in her native Mali where she continues to delight and inspire people with her singing.

As Tunisia, Egypt and Libya adjust into a fragile post-revolutionary settlement and Syria looks set to become the longest and most brutal of the Arab revolutions to date, much across North Africa and the Middle East remains in a state of flux.

Over the past 10 years, an unassuming modern complex in rural Sussex in England has been home to one of the most ambitious conservation efforts in the world.

Marcial Maciel was a thief and a morphine addict who fathered a daughter and sexually molested a number of young seminarians.

Ferran Adria started out washing dishes and went on to become the most celebrated chef in the world.

‘Half of that tree gives lemons; the other half oranges’.

Venezuela’s El Sistema is one of the world’s most successful community arts projects.

More than two hundred children live with their mothers in Spanish jails.

Morocco, a Muslim country whose culture is a blend of Arab, Berber, European and African influences, feels more than most the tension between modernity and tradition which is a feature of the Islamic world.

To mark the four hundredth anniversary of the publication of Cervantes’ ‘Don Quixote’, Alfredo Caliz set out to retrace the protagonists’ steps.