Carte Blanche exclusive pop-up show opens on Friday April 18th in San Francisco. Yes, this week!
It includes work by Spanish photographer Markel Redondo
Spain is one of the countries hardest hit by the European economic crisis. Because of a highly unstable financial and real estate market, an estimated 1.2 million empty houses litter the landscape, affecting a large majority of the population.
In parallel, unemployment figures are growing to such an extent that cities are experiencing unemployment rates as high as 40%.
I visited several ghost towns and documented the daily lives of unemployed people in Espera and Moron de La Frontera, two Andalucian towns where unemployment levels are among the highest in Spain.
And yet, as a proactive attempt to find ways of tackling the crisis, many are organizing themselves to protest and to request local companies to recruit new workers. In Moron, the tactics are perhaps more urgent, with unemployed civilians mobilizing to gather potatoes missed by the farmers’ harvests in an attempt to survive; either through sales or as a simple source of food.
Even in this corner of the developed world, the impact of economic crisis is resulting in the often surreal juxtaposition of a hand to mouth existence lived amongst the ruins of failed urban and economic development.
I started photography at the University of Bolton, United Kingdom. From Bolton I headed East to China where, while studying an MA in Photojournalism, I worked for a number of agencies, newspapers and magazines.
In 2007 I headed back to Europe, returning to my hometown Bilbao in 2008. Now I divide my time between Spain (Bilbao) and France (Bayonne) from where I mainly cover all Spain and South West France.
Focusing on social and environmental issues, I have worked for clients including Greenpeace, WWF,The British Council and Red Bull.
My photographs have been published in Time, Newsweek, Sunday Times Magazine, The Times, Le Monde, Le Figaro Magazine, the New York Times, Monocle, the Wall Street Journal and International Herald Tribune.