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Running-up 2007

Arturo Rodríguez Pérez



One of many cayucos (Mauritanian fishing boats) found by the Spanish Coast Guard at sea, after 18 days adrift. This happened on the 3rd of September, 2007. There were two cayucos with 200 people aboard.


Freelance portrait and documentary photographer based in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

Started working with EFE, then with several newspapers, Reuters and The Associated Press where he was their official Canary Islands photographer, worked in Madrid for AP, and now lives in Southeast Asia as a freelance.

He has also collaborated and published work in The New York Times, Greenpeace, Interviú, El País, El Mundo, Tiempo, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, USA Today, Der Spiegel, Paris Match, XL Semanal, Magazine de La Vanguardia.

He has had some commercial assignments for Burson-Marsteller.

Some of his most poignant assignments include the refugee camps of the Saharawi people in northwest Africa in 1995, 2006, and 2011. He was in Kosovo in 1999 and also in the refugee camps in Macedonia and Palestine in 2000, the Haitian elections in 2010, and the cholera epidemic.

He has participated in many memorable exhibitions, such as the Fotonoviembre group exhibitions of 2001, 2005, and 2006. One of his projects was to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Sahrawi destitution. He has also exhibited at the Epson Fotofestival 2007 in Naarden, Holland.

He participated in the group exhibition Light Africa Up on African migration to Europe.

Together with 34 photographers from all over the world, he participated in the exhibition "34 visions against oblivion", organized by Médicos del Mundo in the Casa Encendida in Madrid, on the theme of war, migration, and hunger.