Diego Ibarra Sánchez, Co-founder of MeMo, is an awarded documentary photographer based in Lebanon.
Diego assumes a very critical stance regarding the use of images in our own society, defining this historical moment as «lobotomized era of “tourism” on the other’s pain»: in his work he endeavors to ensure that photography is no longer merely a window allowing a view on what happens in the world, but becomes a means to raise questions and generate reflections. Diego Ibarra Sánchez’ gaze goes beyond the frontline, documenting and showing us all that is left behind after the bombings, the killings and the battles: a humanity that has nothing left beyond its life. He strongly believes in documentary photography as a catalyst, shaking consciences and showing the resilience and courage found in forgotten stories, always demonstrating a deep respect toward the story’s protagonist.
Diego is very self-motivated, working on his own body of works while publishing many of his stories in numerous newspapers and magazines, such as The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Al Jazeera and Diari ARA among others.
In 2006 several grants made it possible for Diego to spend a year in South America to improve his storytelling process. Upon returning to Spain he worked for two years for the Catalan newspaper Avui, while still continuing his own photography projects. In 2009 Diego decided to move to Pakistan where he developed a strong visual body of work focused on Pakistan. At the same time he continued travelling to several other countries including Afghanistan, Bahrain, Libya, Nigeria, and Tanzania. He left Pakistan in 2014 and he is currently based in Lebanon while he keeps traveling and working on his projects around Middle East.
He has been award with the Humanitarian award of AECID “Juan Bartolomé”, FINI´s Mexican University Photo Award, Aragón Journalism Association Award, 2 honorable mentions at National Press Photographers Association ( NPPA) and the Spanish Human Right Award with MeMo coop… His work has been exhibited in all around the world and his works has been highlighted during the screening nights of Visa pour L´image several times… among others mentions.
2018 – Honorable mentions at National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) with “Hijacked Education”
2018 – Honorable mentions at National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) with “Dispatches from Mosul”
2017 – Finalist Manuel Rivera Ortiz foundation Award
2016 – 3rd category at the prestigious FINI (International Image Contest Award) run by the Mexican Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo
2016 – Best international photojournalist by Aragon Association Press
2012 – Best of Liberation at “La Nuit de l’année” à Arles
2012 – Honorable mentions in “The Art of Documentary” NY, as part of the NY Photo Festival
2011 – Second Price I Photo Award Juan Bartolomé Casas by AECID
2010 – Special mention III International AWARDS against the violence. Centro Reina Sofía de Valencia
2008 – Aragon Press Association Grant. Landmine´s affected in Western Sahara, Argel
2007 – Aragon Press Association Grant. Consequences of war: Bosnia.
2006 – Aragon Press Association Grant. 6 months of learning ship in La Nación, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2005 – Aragon Press Association Grant. 6 months of learning ship in El Territorio, Posadas, Argentina
2018 – Hijacked Education: Permanent Mission Luxembourg, NYC, USA.
2017 – Hijacked Education: Biennale de la Democracia, Turin, Italy.
2017 – Hijacked Education: Mudima Lab, Milan, Italy.
2017 – Hijacked Education: Screening night at VISA POUR L ́IMAGE, Perpignan, France.
2016 – Hijacked Education: México. Universidad Mexicana de Hidalgo: FINI.
2014 – “Pakistan Resilience”: Screening night at VISA POUR L ́IMAGE, Perpignan, France.
2013 – “Afghanistan: The curse of insanity”, Exhibition at the Art of Documentary in Milan, Italy.
2012 – “Afghanistan: The curse of insanity”, Exhibition at New York Festival at The Art of Documentary, NY, USA.
2012 – “Pakistan: The curse of insanity”: Screening night at VISA POUR L ́IMAGE, Perpignan, France.
2011 – “Pakistan: After the monsoon”: Exhibition inside “Espacio en Blanco” at Zaragoza University, Spain.
2010 – “Violence and Human Rights”: “Mental Prisoners”, Exhibition at Centro Reina Sofía de Valencia with International University of Valencia, Spain.
2015–2016–2017. “Photo Reporters: Upfront Spanish”. Exhibition by AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation) and Cervantes Institute. Madrid, Prague, Milan and Paris.
2014 – “Arab Revolutions”: Exhibition at Centro de Historias, Zaragoza, Spain.