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 his personal 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
2022 - 2024 National Geographic Explorer 
2023 - ECO, Vist projects Grant and Residence with Ruda Colectiva in Bolivian Amazon.
2022 - 2024 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 Selected 
2021 - 2022  Catchlight Global Fellow 
2021 Pictures of the Year Latin America - Nuestra Mirada (POY LATAM). Second Prize.
2020 Magnum Foundation Global Covid Projects Recipient 
2020 Program of Cultural Promotion and Co-investment of FONCA Grant; Siempre estuvimos aquí, winner.
2020 National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists, 2020 with Ruda Colectiva Recipient 
2019 Women Photograph + Getty Images Grant; Misterio del disfrazado, winner
2019 We Women Grant with Welcome to Intipucá Project Recipient
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  Recipient
2018 Young Creators of the National Fund of Culture and the Arts FONCA Photography Grant; Siempre estuvimos aqui, winner.

2018 Magnum Photos Submissions New Members' Portfolios Finalist 
2018 Photography Biennial of Centro de la Imagen in Mexico Finalist
2017 Adelante Reporting Trip at the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF)  with Welcome to Intipucá Project Recipient
2017 Festival NexoFoto Finalist
2017 Latin American Photography Colloquium 1st place in the Portfolio Review Winner

2015 Young Creators of the National Fund of Culture and the Arts FONCA Photography Recipient 

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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