Santiago Barreiro was born in La Paloma, Uruguay, South America in 1985. He trained as a photographer at the Fotoclub Uruguayo (2006-2008) and immediately started working for different companies, magazines, newspapers and media organisations, local and international. Amongst them: El País, La Diaria, El ideal de España, El Espectador, Dance Brasil Magazine , Dance Europe, Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine, Reuters, Uruguayan Ministry of Culture,the SODRE National Ballet Company, Contenidos TV, Gaynor Minden New York.He has taken part in several group projects and has displayed his work in several occasions, both locally and overseas, amongst which the following deserve special mention: “Fotograma 2009”,“Iguales a la par” exhibition; “Un techo para mi país 2008”; “Con fotos ayudamos”, Reaching U exhibition, in Nueva York; “Movida Joven 2009” exhibition; “International Development Bank 2012” exhibition; “Gran Premio Fotografía Optec – Carl Zeiss Uruguay 2012” and “Fotograma 2013”, with the group “Detrás de una mirada”.His photos have taken part of several publishing projects as “Uruguay Panorama 2012”; “Bicentenario Uruguayo”, of the Ministry of Education and Culture; a publication for Latin America of the World Health Organization (WHO), “Divino Salvo. Emotional rescue of Montevideo’s most emblematic landmark”, “Jogo do Corpo” of the “San Pablo Compañia de Danza”, and he has taken part in several occasions of the book/catalogue of the International Festival of Photography “Fotograma”.
As a result of a deep and dedicated interest in classical dance, in 2012 he is hired by Julio Bocca to photograph the SODRE National Ballet Company at work.
He has published his own photo book of dance named “Pueblo Ballet” and talks about taking dance to those who could not always access it. Democratizing access to ballet. Also, The National Ballet of Sodre publish the last year his memorial book (80’s) using Santiago stage and backstage photos as company leading photographer. Now a days he is still working with dance matters both in a conceptual and documentary way.
Some awards, grants & mentions to highlight.
National Geographic Society Grantee 2018 | National Geographic Society Explorer Community funding Grantee 2020 | National Geographic Society Covid-19 Grantee 2020 | Poy Latam 2021 - First prize Sports | Poy Latam 2019 | First prize short Multimedia |
2020 World Press Photo Joop Swart nominee | Third prize IPA nudes 2017 | Third prize IPA multimedia 2017 | Phmuseum photographer of the day | Natgeo Publication 2017 - Photo of the day on yourshot NG | Jury for MEC (Uruguayan Ministry of Culture) funding grants- 2 consecutive years | Finalist Parati in focus Festival 2014 Brazil | Participant of short festival FESTIN (Portugal) with documentary “the children of Terpsícore/ aldenice 2017” | Exhibition “Eyes of Uruguay: Viena 2016, Portugal 2017 and Luanda 2017 | Uruguayan photographers exhibition in Panama 2016 | Photographer of the month in Russia (Ana Pavlova contest) | Lensculture 2016 Finalist | Exhibition in Brussels 2016 with Tictacartcollection Art gallery | Photographer of the day PhMuseam 2017| Selected for portfolio review at Errante (National Geographic) 2017 International Festival | IPA 2018 Honorable Mention.