Photographer Samuel Aranda (b. 1979 Santa Coloma de Gramanet, Barcelona) has spent the last 20 years documenting countries and societies around the world. Working frequently for The New York Times in the Middle East and Africa, he has also completed assignments in Pakistan, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, Colombia, China, Transnistria and elsewhere for clients including , National Geographic, Sunday Times Magazine, Stern and Le Monde.
In 2012, he was awarded the World Press Photo of the Year for an image from the Yemeni uprising taken while on assignment for The New York Times. In the same year, his hometown of Santa Coloma de Gramanet, Barcelona, awarded him the “Premi Ciutat.” In 2006, his feature about African migrants trying to reach Europe was awarded the Spanish National Award of Photography from ANIGP-TV. In 2015 he was awarded with the Nikon Photography award for his coverage of the Ebola crisis, and in 2016 he received the award again for his coverage of the refugee crisis.
In 2016 he received the Ortega y Gasset award for his work on the refugee crisis.
This year, 2019, he received a grant from the Fundació Vila Casas to develop an intimate documentary project for over a year.
His photographs have been exhibited in the Telefonica Foundation (Chile), Caixa Foundation (Brasil), CCCB (Barcelona), La Virreina (Barcelona), Visa Pour L’Image (Perpignan), Silk Road Gallery (Tehran) and at the Cervantes Institutes in New York and Tunis.
He currently lives in Crespia, rural Catalonia.