Laura León Sevilla (1976)
Laura has built her professional career between the documental and the journalism’s languages. She believes that photography must build visual discourses by combining testimonial and creative approaches.
Laura moved from the Art History College to the School of Photography where she studied for three years.
The theories she discovered at the School of Photography and a fellowship in a studio of advertising photography were definitive in the way in which she embraces light in her works.
She began her career in 1996 as a staff photojournalist for the Spanish newspaper El Diario de Andalucía.
In 2005, Laura began doing freelance work for editorials, recording studios, and national media. At this point she decided to break and begin a new professional cycle moving to the Middle East to cover the Israeli-Palestinian conflict mainly in Gaza.
Since then, she has reported on Uzbekistan’s Aral Sea, India’s and China’ social issues, Kosovo’s independence, South Africa before the World Cup, Senegal-Guinea Bissau- Morroco and Spain ́s migration stories, the Arab Spring’s displaced people in the Libyan-Tunisian border, new women generation and Urban design in UEA.
From 2007 to 2012 she has worked as staff photojournalist for the Spanish newspapers Publico in Spain and North Africa.
Her works have been published in the most prestigious publications worldwide, such as Time Magazine, Fortune, New York Times, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Xl Semanal, YoDona, Le Monde Magazine, and Wall Street Journal among others.
She is currently based in Seville and continues to work as freelance, mainly for international media as International New York Times (The New York Times’ global edition) and Associated Press.
Her work has been recognized with several awards: 2008 ‘Premio Andalucía de Arte y deporte’, 2016 ‘Premio Castilla La Mancha’, 2016 ‘Premio Andalucía de periodismo’, 2017 ‘Premio Fundación Jiménez Becerril ́.
She has been part of many exhibitions and international fairs such as Stampa in Madrid represented by Cavecanen Gallery.
All these experiences have served her to coordinate and supervise many exhibitions in Spain.
During her career, she has been invited to collaborate in many photography books and has been mentioned as one of the most significant women reporter in this contemporary era.
She is currently working in her first photobook.
Some of her pictures are part of private collections and National Foundations.