Markel Redondo

Bilbao, Spain


Spanish, b.1978

A day before he was due to begin a degree at the University of Bolton, Markel decided Computer Sciences wasn't going to determine his future and withdrew from the course to pursue a career in photography.

From Bolton he headed East, to China where he worked for a number of agencies, newspapers and magazines while studying for an MA in Photojournalism. In 2007 he returned to Europe, to his hometown of Bilbao. Currently he divides his time between Bilbao and Biarritz, in France.

In 2018 Markel became a fully AESA approved drone operator in Spain.
He is also an alumnus of the Eddie Adams Workshop, was one of Photo District News' PDN30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch in 2012 and won the DJI Drone Photography Award in 2018.

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Click here for a brief overview of Markel Redondo's work.

Following on from his extensive work on the effects of Spain’s binge on cheap real estate, Markel returns to some of the failed developments he’s photographed over the past 10 years, using a drone to show the sheer size of these follies.

In the fields of Sanlucar la Mayor outside Seville, Europe’s first commercial solar power station offers a startling glimpse into a future powered by renewable energy sources.

With a population larger than the whole of Australia, Chongqing is the ultimate metropolis.

For many Central American migrants, the journey to a better life in the US ends in deportation, extortion or death.

Spain’s economy is teetering on the brink with unemployment levels not seen in Europe for decades and a fragile banking sector laden with bad debt.