Javier Corso (1989) is a photographer, National Geographic Explorer and founder & director at OAK STORIES. His photographic work originates from the need to communicate about aspects of the human condition through means of local, smaller-scale stories.
He began working as a documentary photographer in 2011, publishing in media like National Geographic, Al Jazeera, TIME Lightbox, GEO magazine, VICE, PAPEL (El Mundo), El País, 7K magazine or Revista 5W. Among the cultural centers that have hosted and exhibited his projects, the following stand out; The Cervantes Institute in New York, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Circulo de Bellas Artes (Madrid), Palau Robert (Barcelona) and the International PHOTON Festival (Valencia). His work is part of the traveling exhibition "Creadores de Conciencia" curated by Juan Manuel Castro Prieto and Chema Conesa, which compiles the work of 40 authors under the topic "committed photographers".
His documentary work has been recognized by BANFF Mountain Photo Essay Competition, the International PHOTON Festival, Px3 - Prix de la Photographie Paris, Moscow International Foto Awards, International Photography Awards and as a finalist of other contests such DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Awards, the World Reporter Award, the Contemporary African Photography Prize, the Siena International Photography Awards, the Balkan Photo Awards and the LUMIX Festival among others.
In 2018 he was nominated for the World Press Photo 6x6 Global Talent Program and his project MATAGI received the National Geographic Society Early Career Grant. In 2020 he was selected to be part of National Geographic Leadership Program.
Now a days he heads OAK STORIES, a production company composed by storytellers specialized in the development of documentary projects carried out by multidisciplinary teams. Since 2019, OAK works as a creative agency and production company for National Geographic Partners (Spain) and other companies & organizations such as United Nations.