Ana Beltrán Vázquez
Holy Week in Madrid
San Isidro 2022
Come back for me
Segregation in Kishinev
Moldova welcomes Ukrainian fleeing the war
The exhumation of civil war victims in Villadangos del Paramo
Jazz is alive
A child lights the candle of a makeshift altar in Madrid's Puerta del Sol during a protest against male violence. Over the same week, two different men killed their ex-partner and their two daughters respectively. During 2021, 49 women and 7 children were killed as victims of male violence. Madrid, Spain, June 11, 2021.
Grave in Villadangos del Páramo, León, where the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory recovered 10 missing human remains belonging to victims executed during Spanish Civil War. Villadangos del Páramo, León, Spain, February 28, 2021.
Activists from Femen Spain burst into an event organised by Falangist groups in Madrid in a tribute to the victory of Franco's troops in front of the Arco de la Victoria, in Madrid, Spain, March 28, 2021.
The former president of the Community of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, wears a shawl printed with the face of the current presidential candidate, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, while the president of the Popular Party, Pablo Casado, gives his speech during the closing of the election campaign. Madrid, Spain, May 3, 2021. (On assignment for El Confidencial)
Four Russian missiles struck the western Ukrainian city of Lviv leaving at least seven dead and eleven wounded. Since the invasion began, Lviv has been one of the quietest areas of the country and one of the main exit points for refugees due to its proximity to the Polish border. Lviv, Ukraine, April 18, 2022.
Protest in Madrid as part of the Black Lives Matter movement re-emerging worldwide after the murder of African-American George Floyd by three police officers. Madrid, Spain, June 7, 2020.
A woman sits next to the tribute to the victims of Covid-19 in Roma Park, in Madrid, Spain, September 27, 2020.
Farm and workers from all over Spain protest in Madrid against national and European agricultural policy. In the photo, a demonstrator rides a horse along the Paseo de la Castellana. Madrid, Spain, January 23, 2022. (On assignment for Eldiario.es)
A woman observes the sky over Madrid on Gran Vía. A mass of hot air from the Sahara leaves accumulations of dust in the atmosphere, producing haze in provinces such as Murcia, Almería, Valencia, Alicante and Madrid. Madrid, Spain, March 15, 2022.
Singer Zahara poses for a portrait in the rose garden of the Retiro Park as a promotion of her latest album. Madrid, Spain, June 19, 2021.
Two Atletico de Madrid fans hold hands during the Spanish football league victory celebration. Madrid, Spain, May 23, 2021.
A family dressed in traditional clothing celebrates the San Isidro festival by having a picnic in the meadow. Madrid, Spain, May 15, 2022. (On assignment for Eldiario.es)
Portrait of Olympic badminton champion Carolina Marín. Madrid, Spain, May 21, 2022. (On assignment for El Confidencial)
Demonstration in Madrid organized by Tenant's Union and Pensioners Platform demanding laws to ensure decent housing prices and conditions. Madrid, Spain, March 20, 2021.
Portrait of the President of the Teatro Real in Madrid, Gregorio Marañón. Madrid, Spain, May 8, 2021. (On assignment for El Confidencial)
Portrait of the second Deputy Prime Minister of Spain. Madrid, Spain, August 1, 2021. (On assignment for Público)
Portrait of pop singer Alaska. Madrid, Spain, July 10, 2021. (On assignment for Público)
Every year, children from Belarus come to Spain to reduce the levels of radiation on their bodies caused by Chernobyl accident. In the picture, two girls sunbathing in the pool in Málaga, Spain, July 2, 2019.
Portrait of actor Alberto San Juan inside of Bellas Artes theatre in Madrid, Spain, October 2, 2021. (On assignment for El Confidencial).
A woman performs during the demonstration celebrated every 25th November on the day of the elimination of violence against women in Madrid, Spain, November 25, 2021. (On assignment for Eldiario.es)
Feminist associations in Catalonia travel to Andorra to protest demanding the decriminalisation of abortion in the country. In Andorra, it is forbidden to terminate a pregnancy under any circumstances, including in the case of rape. In the picture, a woman holds a cross that reads "out of our ovaries". In Andorra la Vella, Andorra, September 25, 2021. (On assignment for Eldiario.es)
Indigenous associations carry on an alternative parade to Hispanic National Day on 12th October wearing traditional clothing and performing traditional dances to honor their historic memory but also to remind people of the brutal conquest of Cristopher Columbus in 1492. In Madrid, Spain, October 12, 2021. (On assignment for Eldiario.es)
Portrait of former mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, at her home in Madrid, November 28, 2021. (On assignment for Público)
A man raise his fist against the police during a protest over the arrest of rap artist Pablo Hasél. Madrid, Spain, February 16, 2021.
Enrique Tierno Galván park (Madrid) covered by snow after the Filomena Storm, the biggest snowfall in the capital of Spain since 1980. Madrid, Spain, January 9, 2021.
In some neighborhoods of Madrid, activists occupy abandoned buildings as a response to the lack of public reunion centres for the local residents. These self-run social centres like "La Ingobernable" (in Madrid Centre district) or "La EKO" (in Carabanchel district) had intended to provide residents with access to cultural and leisure activities free of charge despite the city council's anti-occupation laws. In the picture, a boy smokes a cigarette inside an occupied warehouse called "The Grandmother" in the district of Moncloa. Madrid, Spain, November, 2017.
Anna Kassianova (26), wears a 'vyshyvanka' (a traditional Ukranian dress) while holding her younger daughter inside the Campus of the State University of Kishinev, now turned into a centre for Ukranian refugees escaping the Russia invasion. Minorities like Ukrainians from Roma ethnicity, or people with Russian or Azerbaiyan origins, (like Anna) are separated from the official placing centres and sent to the campus. This segregation happens unofficially, sometimes disguised as a recommendation and sometimes they come straight here to avoid a later relocation. Kishinev, Moldova, April 9, 2022.
A family cross the border between Moldova and Ukraine, in Palanca, fleeing from the Russian invasion. Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, more than 360.000 people have fled the conflict through the border of Moldova. Despite being one of the poorest country in Europe, Moldova has been the country with more reception per capita in all the continent. Palanca, Moldova, April 12, 2022.
Two boys make the fascist salute in front of Franco's tomb in the cemetery of El Pardo-Mingorrubio on the anniversary of the victory of Franco's troops during the Spanish Civil War. Madrid, Spain, March 28, 2021.
A woman is vaccinated against Covid-19 inside the IFEMA site, one of the centres used during the vaccination campaign in Madrid, April 1, 2021.
Portrait of Lucía Arnaiz, activist and founder of "Endomequé?" a music festival that raises funds in favour of endometriosis medical research in Spain. Madrid, Spain, March 1, 2020.
Demonstrators protest in Vallecas District Municipal Council over selective lockdown rules in Madrid implemented by the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso. In Madrid, Spain, September 20, 2020.
Portrait of comedian Ángel Martín in Madrid, Spain, October 24, 2020. (On assignment for Público)
Madrid welcomes the Three Wise Men on its traditional Christmas parade. Madrid, Spain, January 5, 2023. (On assignment for Anadolu Agency)
Madrid citizens hold massive protest over state of health system.
(Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023)
Portrait of former Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, at his office in Madrid, Spain, January 16, 2022. (On assignment for El Confidencial)
Portrait of author Johann Hari in Madrid, Spain, April 23, 2023. (On assignment for El Confidencial)
Police Union (JUSAPOL) march in Madrid protesting over the reform of the Citizen Security Law carried out by the government. This reform would limit the powers of police officers to impose administrative sanctions. Madrid, Spain, March 4, 2023. (On assignment for Eldiario.es)
Portrait of Araceli Mangas, Spanish university professor, specialised in Public International Law and International Relations at the Faculty of Law of the Complutense University of Madrid. Madrid, Spain, March 13, 2023. (On assignment for El Confidencial)
Even though the decreasing of water reservoirs are frequent in the summer season, as a consequence of climate change, this August marked a record number with a decrease of 20% below the average of the last ten years, letting parts of the Iberian peninsula at their driest in 1,200 years. In the picture, a view of a dramatic decrease of water level at the reservoir of Guiamets, located in Capçanes, in the Priorat region, Tarragona, Spain on August 13, 2022. (On assignment for Anadolu Agency)
People stroll by a graffiti reading "Tourists go home" around the Neighbourhood Festival in the Gràcia district. This summer is the first year that this local festivity has been fully celebrated since 2019 due to Covid-19 restrictions. Consequently, it also brought the reopening of tourism, bringing back the ever-present debate that questions this touristic model in one of the most gentrified neighbourhoods in Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain, August 23, 2022.
Every November 1st, also known as All Saint's Day, hundreds of visitors in Barcelona (and all over Spain) come to the cemetery to arrange and decorate the graves of their deceased with flowers. In the picture, a wall of niches in Montjuic Cemetery arranged with flowers. Barcelona, Spain, November 1, 2022.
Dozens of people protest in Madrid against the death of young Iranian Mahsa Amini. In the picture, women cut their hair as a symbol of protesting and mourning. Madrid, Spain, October 2, 2022. (On assignment for eldiario.es)
Moroccan football team supporters celebrate their win over Spain’s during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Moroccan represent over 16% population in Spain and they have become a strong community in regions like Andalusia, Catalonia and Murcia. Torre Pacheco, Murcia, Spain, December 6, 2022. (On assignment for Anadolu Agency)
Portrait of former Supreme Court Attorney, Jose Antonio Martín Pallín. Madrid, Spain, February 6, 2023. (On assignment for El Nacional)
A woman parades during the ‘procession of the Christ of Medinaceli’ dressed as a ‘Manola’: a classic female character during Holy Week that takes part in the procession wearing a typical ‘mantilla’ and a black dress as a sign of mourning the death of Christ.
This tradition is framed in the context of the Holy Week celebrated in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, April 7, 2023.
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