Fernando Moleres

Barcelona, Spain


Spanish, 1963

Fernando was born in Bilbao, in northern Spain, in 1963. He is a self-taught photographer. For over 25 years he has been photographing current affairs and issues relating to human rights.

Fernando tends to work on long term projects that focus on issues such as child labour or juvenile incarceration. His work on the former won multiple awards and took him to dozens of countries across the world, exposing the reality of daily life for some of the tens of millions of minors who work.

After numerous trips to Sierra Leone, where Fernando documented the lives of juveniles in the country's notoriously harsh prison system, Fernando founded a charity - Free Minor Africa - which tried to raise awareness of the often brutal experiences of young offenders who have been incarcerated for the smallest of misdemeanours.

"Documentary photography is a life-affirming state of mind for me" says Fernando. "It's a tool that lets me engage with situations that captivate me, worry me and encourage me to take part."

Fernando has won numerous awards, including three World Press Awards (1998, 2002 and 2011), the Tim Hetherington Grant in 2012 and a W. Eugene Smith Grant in 1999.

He lives in Barcelona.

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After numerous setbacks, delays and cost overruns the Panama Canal’s massive expansion project, nine years in the making, is finally reaching completion with a launch date of 26 June 2016.

The Greek island of Lesvos has for the past year been at the forefront of a migration crisis that has seen over a million people making their way into the European Union, mainly from the Middle East and Africa.

On 26 April 2016 it will be 30 years to the day since the worst nuclear accident in human history.

The International Butler Academy in Simpelveld near Maastricht in the Netherlands sells itself as "the finest and most innovative butler service training institute in the world".

The effects of global warming are nowhere more visible than in the high Arctic where melting ice, receding glaciers and changing weather patterns are giving a foretaste of what my come if the effects of greenhouse gases are not reigned in.

China’s youth is obsessed with the internet and online gaming.

For juveniles who get embroiled in Sierra Leone’s justice system the future outlook after release from prison can look bleak.

A look inside Freetown’s notorious Pademba Road Prison.

Following the downfall of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, the country’s Coptic Christian minority wearily waits to see what the outcome of the presidential election and the constellation of the new parliament means for its future in a Muslim majority country.

Since the days of Buddha, men and women have chosen to renounce all worldly endeavours and devote their lives to worship, prayer and good deeds.

70% of Iran’s population were born after the 1979 revolution.

Fernando Moleres visited the Al-Nour wal Amal Associaton is a centre for blind women and girls.

Fernando Moleres’ award-winning reportage looking at some of the world’s 246 million children engaged in child labour.

The Ottoman Empire is long gone but its cultural legacy lives on in the hammans that Islamic architects built across its former lands.