Photojournalists Push Project in Spain

Among Spanish photographers, no one is a prophet — or makes a profit — in their own land. “Here in Spain there are serious professionals with no chance to...
Murtala Abubakar, a polio survivor, lives behind a wheelchair workshop in Kano, Nigeria. 2014. (Credit Diego Ibarra Sanchez)
A Syrian rebel fighter runs for cover after an attack on a Syrian army vehicle. Aleppo, Syria. Sept. 7, 2012.(Credit Manu Brabo/Associated Press)

A Syrian rebel fighter runs for cover after an attack on a Syrian army vehicle. Aleppo, Syria. Sept. 7, 2012.(Credit Manu Brabo/Associated Press)

Among Spanish photographers, no one is a prophet — or makes a profit — in their own land.

“Here in Spain there are serious professionals with no chance to work,” said José Colón. “As good as we are with our stories, in the end you have to go overseas to be recognized here. It’s ridiculous.”

Rather than gripe, Mr. Colón and four colleagues who are all well-traveled and widely published have decided to launch their own multimedia tablet publication called Me-Mo Magazine (short for Memory in Motion) for which they are crowd sourcing start-up funds. The project includes Manu Brabo, Diego Ibarra Sánchez, and Guillem Valle — all from Spain — and Fabio Bucciarelli, an Italian photographer and friend. They have won a raft of awards, including Mr. Bucciarelli’s Robert Capa Gold Medal and Mr. Brabo’s distinction as part of The Associated Press Pulitzer Prize-winning team in Syria.

 

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