Azkarate, Isabel

Photographer from Guipuzcoa, born in San Sebastian in 1950.

She studied at the International Centre of Photography in Barcelona and later attended various courses at the School of Visual Arts, the International Center of Photography and the New School in New York. He has published his photographs in different magazines such as Interviú, Tiempo and in the newspapers El País and La Voz de Euskadi. She was the official photographer for the Donostia-San Sebastián International Film Festival in 1982 and 1983. She later worked as a photographer for the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa.

A well-known photojournalist and a great traveller, she has produced numerous exhibitions of photographs of her countless trips to Bali, Egypt, Nepal, New York, Pakistan, Turkey, reports on the Shining Path, Women and Urban Tribes... I usually travel with friends," she says, "and I always escape alone, by bike, taxi or any other means of transport to look for the photo". Photography for Isabel Azkarate is a way of life, through it she obtains answers about her own existence. With her camera she scrutinises and learns more about these exotic countries and places, always on the hunt, on the alert. Her exhibitions are a personal and striking tour of how this photographer sees the reality of these countries, through their people, their landscapes, their folklore, always with an approach of absolute sincerity.

Her most important exhibitions have been Mil imágenes para el festival de Cine de Donostia-San Sebastián 2000-2002 and the one that brought together, in a carefully selected selection, her career as a photographer under the title 20 años en 35 mm, held at the Koldo Mitxelena in 2002. In the latter, one can appreciate the fascination of this photographer for the representation of the occult, her vision of the human condition from many points of view, from tenderness, solitude, madness, intimacy. A representation of the human condition, a "geography of the human being", as defined by the organisers of the exhibition, Joxean Muñoz and Txabi Basterretxea.

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