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Anamaria Chediak

 

Anamaria’s lens effortlessly crosses borders. Capturing the essence of cultures and wildlife around the world has been the driving force behind her photography.

 

Born in Quito, Ecuador, I studied Advertising and Marketing in Boston before dedicating myself to studying photography in Madrid, which cemented my passion for sharing my vision of the world through visual stories.

 

I find peace in wild places; inspiration in the balanced and harmonious; connection in conversations and shared emotions; intellectual challenge in framing colour, composition and light at just the right moment.

Having grown up in one of the planet’s most biodiverse and culturally-diverse nations, I cultivated an intense interest in both the natural world — and wildlife in particular — as well as for identity and cultural manifestations, keen to celebrate the power of diversity in our increasingly homogenous world.

 

I am driven by an insatiable curiosity, born from my early explorations of the Andes, the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands, and by an indomitable passion for understanding; then sharing what I have captured with a wider audience.

Only when lost in the wilds of the natural world do I truly connect
with a primeval force,
find the real meaning of
freedom and the true purpose
of my existence

Over the years, I have portrayed hundreds of the women I have met across the globe. They have become an important part of my calling, forming an ongoing, empathetic project.

 

While always wanting my work to speak meaningfully to people, to elicit an intellectual response, the power of beauty to communicate — like a rush of blood to the head, when your senses spark a feeling that is both intimate and hugely powerful — is always present.

 

As the environmental crisis has grown, I have found myself employing photography more politically, as a tool for raising awareness. Whether as a mother of children learning about the world, a teacher of my craft or an exhibitor of my work, my exaltation of the natural world has increasingly become a cry for awareness and for change. If my work can play a part in making us reflect on our responsibility to the planet more deeply, then my efforts will have been worthwhile.

Testimonials

“As you dive into this glorious book by Anamaría Chediak and begin absorbing her breathtaking images, you begin to understand what Darwin found so magical about this place... Anamaria’s images are pure poetry and capture so perfectly not only the magic of the place but also the reason why it must be protected” said regarded to her book “GALÁPAGOS Life & Evolution”.

 

Philippe Cousteau

Ashlan Gorse Cousteau

“What set this book apart for me was the combination of portraiture alongside the wildlife photography. Here we see a vision of Africa that is more than a landscape – it´s a home. A place where, for millennia, families have lived alongside their wild neighbors. Their lives are tied to the land in ways that many of us can only imagine. And in their faces Anamaria Chediak shows us both the struggle and hope of a continent” said regarded to her book “Africa”.

 

Yolanda Kakabadse

President, WWF International

“With the passion of an alchemist, Anamaria Chediak takes the resources of photography to the limit and incorporates mystery into her work. Anamaria's alchemy harks back to those who seek the philosopher's stone and reveals new horizons that are increasingly profound and mysterious”.

 

Hernán Crespo Toral (+)

ex former Cultural Director of UNESCO

Exhibitions

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Anamaria has participated in individual and collective exhibitions in Latin America, the United States, and Europe.

Some of the most important of these include:

"The 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition", collective exhibition, Somerset House, London - England (April - May 2019)

 

"Caminos de Hierro", a collective Traveling Exhibition through 13 cities in Spain (Sep 2018 until January 2020).

 

"El Final de la Aventura", collective exhibition, Institut D'Estudis Fotografics de Catalunya, Barcelona - Spain (Septiembre 2017).

 

"El Final de la Aventura", collective exhibition, CEART, Madrid - Spain (July 2016), "Une vision graphique feminine" a collective exhibition held Â lËspace Culturel Pablo Romero, Nimes - Francia (May-June 2014).

 

"Audiovisual exhibition Jose Tomás en solitario”, Aula Magna del Convento de San Francisco, Quito (December 2013).

 

"Regards de toreros”, Château de la Tuilerie, Nimes-Francia (December 2012).

 

"Mano a Mano a La Féria des Vendanges”, Nimes - Francia, (September 2012).

 

"Africa”, individual exhibition, Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito (September 2010).

 

"Gestos Jondos”, an individual exhibition held in Quito (Nov 2009).

"Bloom” , an individual exhibition about flowers along the Equator held in Quito (September 2008).

 

"Shapes, Colors, and Textures”, an exhibition held at the AH Design showroom in Miami, during Art Basel(November 2008).

 

"Ethos”, an individual exhibition held in the Main Gallery at the Plaza de Las Ventas, Madrid (May 2005).

 

"Cuento Ecuatoriano”, Madrid, Spain, in the main exhibition hall of the Canal de Isabel II (September to December 2003) sponsored by the city government.

 

"Exposición simultánea Francia – Ecuador”, Quito – Lyon, an innovative virtual encounter between the two cities (May 2002).

 

"Desnudando el Alma”, an individual exhibition held in the Museo de la Cuidad in Quito and Guayaquil (December 2000).

 

"Luces y Sombras”, individual exhibition held in Quito (November 1997).

 

"Woman’s Eye”, a collective exhibition held at the FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales) in Quito (October 1996).

AWARDS

Around the world

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2020

Women of the Year in Visual Arts

Revista Hogar

Guayaquil, Ecuador

 

LensCulture

Journey 2020, Finalist

Photography: Solitude

 

IPA International Photography Awards

2020 One Shot: Movement Professional Honorable Mention

Photography: Movement

Category: Movement, Nature

 

2019

Sony World Photography Awards

London, UK

National Awards Ecuador, Winner

 

IPA International Photography Awards

2019 IPA Professional Honorable Mention

Title: GALAPAGOS Life & Evolution

Categories: Book, Nature

 

The Epson International Pano Awards

Bronze Award

Serie: The Silent Road

Categories: Open

 

IPA International Photography Awards

2019 IPA Professional Honorable Mention

Title: Light on Earth

Categories: Fine Art, Landscapes

 

The Epson International Pano Awards

Bronze Award

Serie: Light Before the Storm

Categories: Open

 

 IPA International Photography Awards

2019 IPA Professional Honorable Mention

Title: Traces of Time

Categories: Architecture, Historic

 

IPA International Photography Awards

2019 IPA Professional Honorable Mention

Title: Memories

Categories: Special, Travel / Wanderlust

 

IPA International Photography Awards

2019 IPA Professional Honorable Mention

Title: Light on Earth

Categories: Nature, Landscape

 

IPA International Photography Awards

2019 IPA Professional Honorable Mention

Title: Memories

Categories: People, Traditions / Culture

 

IPA International Photography Awards

2019 IPA Professional Honorable Mention

Title: Together even in silence

Categories: Special, Travel / Wanderlust

 

IPA International Photography Awards

2019 IPA Professional Honorable Mention

Title: Together even in silence

Categories: People, Traditions / Culture

 

IPA International Photography Awards

2019 IPA Professional Honorable Mention

Title: In your eyes

Categories: People, Portrait

 

IPA International Photography Awards

2019 IPA Professional Honorable Mention

Title: GALAPAGOS Life & Evolution

Categories: Book, Self Published

IPA International Photography Awards

2019 IPA Professional Honorable Mention

Title: In your eyes

Categories: People, Other

 

IPA International Photography Awards

2019 IPA Professional Honorable Mention

Title: GALAPAGOS Life & Evolution

Categories: Book, Other

 

2018

Caminos de Hierro, Spain

Concurso Edición 29

Photography: La chica del Tren

 

IPA International Photography Awards

2017 IPA Professional Honorable Mention

Serie: Galápagos Wings

Categories: Nature, Wildlife

 

2017

IPA International Photography Awards 

One-Shot: Climate Change Professional Honorable Mention

Photography: Thin air

Category: Man

 

IPA International Photography Awards 

One-Shot: Climate Change Professional Honorable Mention

Photography: Where only ashes remain

Category: Earth

 

IPA International Photography Awards 

One-Shot: Climate Change Professional Honorable Mention

Photography: The Giants are melting

Category: Water

 

IPA International Photography Awards 

One-Shot: Climate Change Professional Honorable Mention

Photography: Thin air

Category: Machine

 

IPA International Photography Awards

One-Shot: Climate Change Professional Honorable Mention

Photography: The Giants are melting

Category: Earth

 

IPA International Photography Awards

One-Shot: Climate Change Professional Honorable Mention

Photography: Thin air

Category: Air

 

2016

IPA International Photography Awards

2016 IPA Professional Honorable Mention

Serie:  Brothers in Earth

Categories: Nature, Trees

 

IPA International Photography Awards

2016 IPA Professional Honorable Mention

Serie:  Cultural Diversity Should be the world's strength

Categories: People, Portrait

 

IPA International Photography Awards

2016 IPA Professional Honorable Mention

Serie:  Flowers at Latitud Cero

Categories: Nature, Flowers

 

2014

Enrique Ponce Award

Photographer of the Year

Madrid - España

GALÁPAGOS

Life & Evolution

In November 2018 she presented her last photographic book "Galápagos Life & Evolution"

with a foreword of Philippe Cousteau and Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, in which they highlight: “As you dive into this glorious book by Anamaría Chediak and begin absorbing her breathtaking images, you begin to understand what Darwin found so magical about this place. Flipping through the pages is like going on a virtual tour; you can almost feel the sun on your face, hear the sea lions bark or the sound of iguanas running across the rocks. And you get a sense of the tremendous spirit of the creatures that inhabit the Islands. Their undeniable personalities will leave you feeling hopeful about our beautiful planet and committed to making sure it thrives…. Anamaria’s images are pure poetry and capture so perfectly not only the magic of the place but also the reason why it must be protected. These islands are a living laboratory, and we have so much more to learn.”

Africa

In September 2010, she presented "AFRICA", 

transporting us to the savage surroundings of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa to share moments of wildlife in its purest form and the intimacies of one of the ancient local tribes. Yolanda Kakabadse, Presindent, WWF International, said regarded to her book "Africa": "What set this book apart for me was the combination of portraiture alongside the wildlife photography. Here we see a vision of Africa that is more than a landscape - it's a home. A place where, for millenia, families have lived alongside their wild neighbors. Their lives are tied to the land in ways that many of us can only imagine. And in their faces Anamaria Chediak shows us both the struggle and hope of a continent".

 

In May 2002 Africa received the Bronce Award at Sappi Printers of the Year.

Bloom

In September 2008, she released "BLOOM", 

a delightful photographic collection that captures the intense colors, the diverse textures and exotic shapes of the finest flowers from Ecuador.

 

In November 2008, her work with Bloom wins the Golden Award at the XV "Theobaldo de Nigris" Latin American Graphic Products Competition, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in May 2010  

Bloom received a Silver Medal at the Sappi Printers of the Year competition for the Central American region, held in Mexico.

Ethos

In 2003, she presented "ETHOS", 

black and white photography about portraits in tauromaquia. This book received the Golden Award at the XI "Theobaldo de Nigris" Latin American Graphic Products Competition in 2004, held in Mexico City, Mexico.

El Escondrijo del Toro

Her first book, "EL ESCONDRIJO DEL TORO", was published in 1998;

a photographic journey about the life of fighting bulls in the wonderful landscapes of the Andes mountains as a backdrop.

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