Currently in Mexico and open for assignments and...
Currently in Mexico and open for assignments and commissions worldwide

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Koral Carballo (Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico, 1987)  Photojournalist, Documentary photographer, and Visual Artist. Her career began as a local photojournalist in 2009. In 2014 through an intimate process of reflection, she started with her projects, investigating strategies of self-representation, and expanding the limits of documentary and photojournalistic practice.

In recent years she has been researching: how to sensorial document the pain of violence in the war on drugs. And its relation to memory. In addition, in 2015 she began to reflect on her origin, starting work on the invisibility of Afrodescence in Veracruz, working collaboratively in Coyolillo, Veracruz with the collective Ri-sueños and the artisan Octavio López Zaragoza.  

Through direct photography, fiction, and archiving, she is currently researching artistic processes of documentation, as well as methodologies of systematization and preservation of the Afro-Mexican family archive, working in collaboration with Dora Careaga Coleman, Colectivo Afrotamiahua and the Fototeca Nacional.

Her work has received Catchlight Global Fellow, National Geographic Society Grant, POY LATAM's Nuestra Mirada award in second place, the Woman Photograph and Getty Images Grant, the Open Society Foundations Moving Walls 25 Fellowship, and received first place in the portfolio review of the Latin American Photography Colloquium (2017).

Her personal work has been published in the British Journal of Photography, Ph Museum, C&América Latina, Frezze Magazine, Vice Colombia, and Der Grief Magazine. She has been commissioned for Bloomberg News, The New York Times, California Sunday Magazine, Agence France Presse, Ruptly, NPR, Washington Post, and Animal Político among others.

She founded together with a group of photojournalists from Veracruz 2014 the International Festival of Journalistic and Documentary Photography Mirar Distinto in Mexico and currently co-produces.

She is a member of Foto Féminas, Fotógrafas en México, Frontline Freelance México, Diversify Photo and Women Photograph.

Koral is Leica's ambassador in Latin America and collaborates with Ruda Collective.
Awards and Grants

2024 Nominee Leica Oskar Barnack Award.
2024 Nominee World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass.
2023 Leica Ambassador Latinoamerica. 
2022 National Geographic Society Grant. 
2022 Winner, Advocacy Award, Las Fotos Project.
2022 AfroChicanx Digital Humanities Project:  Memories, Narratives, and Oppositional Consciousness of Black Diasporas, archival and photographic consultant. 
2022 The 100 Next Great Fashion Image Makers by Photo Vogue, Finalist. 

2022 Nominee Star Photobook Dummy Award.
2022 Leica Loan Program in Latin America Program.
2021 Catchlight Global Fellow Grant.
2021 Winner, nuestra mirada award, POYLATAM.
2020 Magnum Foundation Global Covid Projects Grant.

2020 Bronx Documentary Center and Darryl Chappell Grant.
2020 Yes Contemporary Artist Grant with Welcome to Intipucá Project.

2020 Program of Cultural Promotion and Co-investment of FONCA Grant.
2020 National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists, 2020 with Ruda Colectiva.

2020 Nominee Emerson Collective Grant. 
2020 Nominee 6x6 Talent World Presse Photo North America.
2020 Nominee World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass.
2020 Nominee Berlin Talent.
2020 The Independent Photographer 'Emerging Talent', Finalist.

2019 Women Photograph + Getty Images Grant.
2019 We Women Grant with Welcome to Intipucá Project Recipient.

2019 New York Times Portfolio Review.
2018 Voies Off Arles, Finalist.
2018 Vevey Images Book Award, Finalist.
2018 Moving Walls 25 Grant of the Open Society Foundation with Welcome to Intipucá Project Recipient.
2018 Adelante Reporting Grant 2018 - 2019 from the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) with Welcome to Intipucá Project.
2018 Winner, Young Creators of the National Fund of Culture and the Arts in Mexico FONCA Photography Grant.

2018 Magnum Photos Submissions New Members' Portfolios, Finalist 
2018 Photography Biennial of Centro de la Imagen in Mexico, Finalist.

2018 Nominee One to Watch of the Journal British of Photography.
2018 Nominee World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass.

2017 Adelante Reporting Trip at the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF)  with Welcome to Intipucá Project.
2017 Festival NexoFoto, Finalist.

2017 Leica Loan Program Fotografie International Magazine.
2017 Winner, 1st place at Latin American Photography Colloquium Portfolio Review.

2016 Nominee World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass.
2015 Young Creators of the National Fund of Culture and the Arts in Mexico FONCA Photography Grant.

2015 Nominee World Press Photo Master Class LATAM

CV Complete

Interviews & Press
British Journal of Photography
C&America Latina
PH Museum II  
PH Museum I


Bloomberg News
Bloomberg Businessweek
The New York Times
California Sunday Magazine
Vist Projects
Centro de la Imagen
Agence France Presse (2011 - 2015)


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
New York Public Library
Open Society Foundation
Televisa Foundation
Private collections

Koral Carballo

Koral Carballo ( b. Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico in 1987) She tells stories related to identity, violence and territory; dissolving frontiers between photojournalism and visual arts. She began her career as a photojournalist in 2009 and in 2016 she decided to leave the local media to investigate her own long-term projects. She is currently working as a photojournalist, documentary photographer, visual storyteller and freelance artist.
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