About Yael


Yael Martínez / Guerrero, Mexico 1984

Martínez’s work addresses fractured communities in his native Mexico. He often works symbolically to evoke a sense of emptiness, absence, and pain suffered by those affected by organized crime in the region.

Martínez was grantee of the Magnum Foundation in the grants /On Religion 2017 and Emergency Fund 2016; 2nd Prize Winner of the PHM Grant 2016 of the Photographic Museum of Humanity and was named one of PDN’s (Photo District News) “30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch” in 2017. In 2015 he was selected for the Joop Swart Master Class of Latin America; He was a finalist for the Eugene Smith memorial grant in 2015 and 2016; and He was nominated for the Paul Huf Award (FOAM Netherland 2016, 2017, 2018), the Prix Pictet, The ICP Infinity Awards, and Tim Hetherington Trust/ The Visionary Award.

His work has been featured in group shows in Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Switzerland, USA, Spain, Argentina, Norway and Bosnia-Herzegovina. His work has been published by: The New York times, Lens NY times, Time, Vogue Italy, Vrij Nederland,Ojo De Pez Magazine, Bex Magazine, and Aperture.

Age 34
Nationality Mexican
Born in Mexico
Based in Mexico
Languages spoken English, Spanish

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Current Location: Taxco de Alarcón, Mexico



  • Nominated for The Infinity Awards International Center of Photography
  • Nominated for TheTim Hetherington Trust/ The Visionary Award.
  • Nominated for The Paul Huf Award FOAM


  • Grantee of The Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund
  • Selected to attend the 4th Annual New York Portfolio Review organized by The New York Times
  • Nominated for World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class
  • Nominated for The Foam Paul Huf Award
  • Nominated for the Prix Pictet
  • Selected in the XVII Bienal del Centro de la Imagen Mexico
  • Grantee On religion Magnum Foundation
  • Finalist in the Eugene Smith Grant
  • Fonca Jovenes Creadores Grant


  • Finalist in the Eugene Smith Grant
  • Finalist in the VIII OJO de Pez Award PHE España
  • Selected Joop Swart Master Class Latinoamerica World Press Photo
  • 2nd runner up for the Joop Swart Master class World Press Photo


  • Selected in the XVI Bienal del Centro de la Imagen Mexico
  • Premio de Adquisición at the XXXIV Encuentro Nacional de Arte Joven 2014.


  • FONCA Jóvenes creadores Grant


  • 2nd prize at the Concurso de Fotografía Contemporánea de México


  • FONCA Jóvenes creadores Grant




Yael Martínez