Alvaro Ybarra Zavala, is based in Spain. He took up a career in photography while at university, aged 19, focussing on issues of social conflict. He has now exclusively joined the Reportage by Getty Images
roster, having previously worked with Agence Vu
(December 2005 - March 2009), and as a freelance photographer before that.
His key bodies of work to date have included conflict coverage in Chechnya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Burma/Myanmar, Sudan, Georgia, and the Central African Republic, post-conflict coverage in the Balkans, HIV/AIDS in Southeast Asia (India, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma/Myanmar) and Africa (Malawi, Gambia, Senegal, Kenya), the tsunami in Banda Aceh & Sri Lanka, indigenous peoples in Bolivia, Brazil and Ecuador, presidential elections in Bolivia, Paraguay & Serbia, and cancer in the third world (Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Uganda, Iraq and Morocco), all of which are topics close to his heart.
As well as working on his own personal projects, he has worked on assignment for Time Magazine
, the New York Times
, the The Times
magazine, Le Monde
, Vanity Fair
, XLsemanal & ABC
Alvaro has published four books to date, with a fifth scheduled for release in 2010, Apocalipsis
. He has exhibited his work internationally, including in the UK (The Voices of Darfur
at the Royal Albert Hall), in France (Children of Sorrow
at the Visa Pour l'Image
festival in Perpignan), China, Colombia, at the United Nations in New York and Geneva, and in other cities across the US and Spain.