Roberto Armocida

Photography

Graduated from the School of Art, he began working as a photographer with some newspapers in Rome, Italy.


After an apprenticeship he moved to Central America and worked as a photojournalist for the Reuters world news agency. With his camera follows the civil war in El Salvador, the conflict between the Contras and the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, the invasion of Panama by US troops, the tragedy of refugees and displaced people in Honduras and Costa Rica, the peace process and disarmament in the region.


For some years he held the position of Rome correspondent for the Mexican newspapers Excelsior and Reforma. In this period he followed the diplomatic relations between Mexico and the Vatican, some papal trips to Latin America and Mexico, the civil conflict in the separatist region of Kosovo.


Back in Latin America, between 2010 and 2013 he worked as a photojournalist in Mexico in the national newspaper El Universal, producing numerous reports throughout the country.

At the same time he taught some photography courses at various institutions in Mexico City, such as the Academy of Visual Arts (AAVI) and the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC).


In 2012 he presented a photography course in conflict areas for graduate students in Human Rights and Peace Management at Sor Juana Cloister University (UCSJ), in Mexico City, while from 2013 to 2014 he worked as a professor of photography at the School of Communication Sciences of the Anáhuac Mayab University (UAM) and Inter-American University (INTER), both in Yucatan, Mexico.


His personal photographic work includes topics related to our social, urban or rural realities, such as marginalization, poverty, immigration, discrimination, human rights, gender-based violence, illegal immigration, religion, indigenous peoples and minorities.

He creates fashion photographs, portraits, landscapes, social and environmental issues, publishing photographic works on Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Egypt, Norway, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Kosovo, United States , Spain, Turkey, Russia, Greece, Cyprus, Morocco.


In 2011 he received the Third Jury Prize at the International Image Festival (FINI) in the documentary and journalistic photography category, with the report "The City Threat".

That same year, presenting a report on street life conditions for adolescents on the outskirts of Mexico City, he received an honorable mention in the photo contest organized by the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH).


In 2012 he participates in ExpoFotoperiodismo, an annual exhibition of journalistic photography, organized by the Mexican National Commission for Culture and the Arts (Conaculta) and the Center for Image.

Also in 2012, he was awarded the Fourth Prize in the professional category of the "Once TV" photo contest, in collaboration with the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) of Mexico City.


In 2015 he presented his photojournalistic work at a conference in the program of the International Photo Festival of Tijuana, FIFT.

At the same time, he worked as a photojournalist for the La Jornada newspaper, documenting the dramatic events of the agrarian strikes in the Baja California region, in northeastern Mexico, and the lives of Central American and Mexican migrants along the border wall between Mexico and the United States.


Also in Mexico, while working as a photojournalist for a Saltillo newspaper, in 2016 he presented a conference entitled "On death and other disasters" during the program of the VI International Meeting on the Day of the Dead, organized by the School of Plastic Arts of the Autonomous University of Coahuila (UAC).

His photo reportage on living conditions in coal mines in northern Mexico is awarded with the Third Jury Prize on the National Photography Contest on Human Rights, Fotocoahuila 2017, organized by the Coahuila government and the Cuartoscuro agency.


In 2018  he received the First Prize at the International Festival of Urban Photography, Blipoint-Mulafest, Madrid, while the report on the living conditions of Mexican miners is selected among the finalists of the First International Biennial Photojournalism, Sinaloa 2018, and exposed to the public in 2019 .


He currently collaborate with the international agency Getty Images.



Exhibitions: 


2009 - Mediterránea - Italian Institute of Culture, Mexico City.

2009 - Mediterránea - Dante Alighieri Foundation, Mexico City

2010 - Gli Angeli - Bank of Mexico Library, Mexico City.

2010 - Frames of Rome - Italian Pavilion, St Marcos Fair, Aguascalientes, Mexico.

2011 - FINI - International Festival of the Image, State University (UAEH), Pachuca, Mexico.

2011 - Expressions of Italy - Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City.

2012 - Expo Photojournalism - Museo del Chopo, Mexico City.

2013 - A History in an Image - Center of Visual Arts, Merida, Mexico.

2014 - Urban Ghosts - Social and documentary photography, Merida, Mexico.

2015 - BC_15 Photography and Document - Casa de la Cultura (IMAC), Tijuana, Mexico.

2017 - Fotocoahuila - National Photography Contest on Human Rights, Centro de las Artes, Saltillo, Mexico.

2018 - Mulafest - Blipoint International Photography Contest, Madrid, Spain.

2019 - First International Biennial of Photojournalism - Sinaloa, Mexico.


Awards:


2018 - Final Selection

First International Biennial of Photojournalism - Sinaloa, Mexico


2018 - First Jury Award

International Blipoint Photography Contest - Mulafest - Madrid, Spain


2017 - Third Jury Award

Fotocoahuila, National Photography Contest on Human Rights - Saltillo, Mexico


2015 - Career Recognition

FIFT, International Photography Festival - Tijuana, Mexico


2012 - Final Selection

Expofotoperiodismo, National Photojournalism Contest - Mexico City


2012 - Honor Jury Award

National Photojournalism Contest, Channel 11 TV and IPN - Mexico City


2011 - Third Jury Award

FINI, International Festival of the Image - Hidalgo, Mexico


2011 - Honor Jury Award

National Documentary Photography Contest

CNDH National Commission for Human Rights - Mexico City

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