I was born in Amsterdam in 1983, but I've lived all my life in Banyoles (Spain).
I began studying photography in 2007 at IDEP (Barcelona), where I did a specialization course in photojournalism. Then I had an opportunity to work as an assistant for various National Geographic photographers, thus getting a closer look into the work proceedings. From that time I started working at my own projects. Gradually I'm becoming more interested in human stories away from the daily news and more related to my own view of life. Over the past four years I have won several prizes and I have been awarded with scholarships like the “XIII International photojournalism meeting of Gijon”, the Magnum Photo Workshop scholarship with Chien-Chi Chang and the recent selection for “Descubrimientos Photespaña”.
Written by // Yurian Quintanas
A documentary project by Yurian Quintanas
Each year during the last week of May, a small town from the French Camargue named Saintes Maries de la Mer is invaded with hundreds of caravans from across Europe to celebrate the pilgrimage honouring Saint Sarah ''La Kali'' the Patron Saint of the gypsies. Thus Saintes Maries de la Mer becomes for a few days in the land of gypsies, a fictitious land where you can breathe the essence of gypsy way of life. A nomad society that has been fighting against discrimination along its history, but that has never surrendered and has kept straight with its deep-rooted culture.
A life marked by constant movement, endowed with a sense of freedom impossible for our society to understand and a philosophy of life that has its roots in prehistoric times but is about to disappear at present.