Photographer Samuel Aranda (b. 1979) has spent the last 15 years documenting conflict, migration and social issues around the world. Working frequently for The New York Times in the Middle East and Africa, he has also completed assignments in Pakistan, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, Colombia, China, Transnistria and elsewhere for clients including , National Geographic, Sunday Times Magazine, Stern, Le Monde and El Pais Semanal.
His images of the Spanish Crisis, published in The New York Times, set off political debates in Spain and drew attention to the reality and severity of the impacts of the economic collapse on Spain's working class.
In 2012, he was awarded the World Press Photo of the Year for an image from the Yemeni uprising taken while on assignment for The New York Times. In the same year, his hometown of Santa Coloma de Gramanet, Barcelona, awarded him the “Premi Ciutat.” In 2006, his feature about African migrants trying to reach Europe was awarded the Spanish National Award of Photography from ANIGP-TV. In 2015 he was awarded with the Nikon Photography award for his coverage of the Ebola crisis, and in 2016 he received the award again for his coverage of the refugee crisis.
In 2016 he received the Ortega y Gasset award for his work on the refugee crisis.
His photographs have been exhibited in the Telefonica Foundation (Chile), Caixa Foundation (Brasil), CCCB (Barcelona), La Virreina (Barcelona), Visa Pour L’Image (Perpignan), Silk Road Gallery (Tehran) and at the Cervantes Institutes in New York and Tunis.
He currently lives in Crespia, rural Catalonia and is member of Panos Pictures.