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Guillermo Cervera

All photos by Guillermo Cervera, Courtesy Anastasia Photo.

Renowned Spanish photographer Guillermo Cervera’s first solo exhibition in New York opened at the Anatasia Photo Gallery on October 24th and runs through January 4, 2015. The exhibition includes selections from his twenty years documenting armed conflict and social issues around he world as well as work featured in the HBO documentary, THE LAST PATROL. Here is a selection of photos from the exhibition (a more extensive selection can be seen on the Anastasia Photo website).

Cervera has covered major world events including the rise of capitalism in communist Cuba, the Bosnian War in 1993, the Tamil Tigers separatist militant movement during Sri Lanka’s Civil War in 2008, the Libyan and Egyptian uprisings in 2011 and daily life in Afghanistan. This year he has covered the war in Ukraine and the latest conflict between Israel and Palestine in the Gaza Strip.

Cervera’s photographs are regularly published in The New York Times, Newsweek, Marie Claire, The Guardian, Paris Match, Rolling Stone, ABC, El Pais, La Vanguardia, MSNBC and The Wall Street Journal and have been exhibited in galleries in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain.

The Path of Guillermo Cervera

Growing up in Madrid, Cervera first discovered the joy of photography when he discovered a box of Playboy magazines that his father had brought back from a sojourn in the United States. “They were beautiful color pictures and I looked at them when my father wasn’t home. Then my father learned what I was doing and he emptied the box of Playboys and replaced them with National Geographic.” It was in those old magazines that he first glimpsed pictures of surfing that left him awe-struck. “I dreamed about those pictures at night,” he said. “I wanted to do that.”

Cervera eventually began surfing but did not pursue photography immediately. Instead, he came to the United States to study aerospace engineering. While in college, he discovered that photography had a calming effect on him. Restless by nature, he would emerge relaxed after hours in the darkroom.

He had returned to Madrid in the early 1990s when a writer friend suggested they go to Bosnia to cover the conflict. He sold his motorcycle and headed off with his cameras. He and his friend stayed for two weeks before returning to Spain but Cervera soon found himself headed back to the war. “I was fascinated by it,” he said. “How could human beings in Europe, with all our resources, resort to such insanity. I wanted to understand that.”

About Anastasia Photo

Anastasia Photo is a New York gallery that specializes in documentary photography and photojournalism. It also serves as a center for discussion on contemporary issues in photojournalism. With every exhibition Anastasia Photo makes a donation to a charitable organization associated with the photographer's subject matter. For this exhibition, they are supporting RISC, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency medical training and equipment free of cost to experienced, published, freelance journalists who work in dangerous areas. For more information see: www.risctraining.org

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