Miriam Sánchez Varela discovered photography by accident during a graphic design class in collage at the UNAM (Autonomous University of Mexico City), at the invitation of a friend. While the image appeared on the page, like a sort of magic act, she discovered her calling and a motivation that reconnected her to the world of the living.
She has twice received fellowships from the Young Creators (Jóvenes Creadores) program, part of the National Foundation for Culture and the Arts (FONCA). She was selected as a photographer to watch by Descubrimientos Photoespaña 2009, and her photos were selected for projection at the Palm Spring Photofestival’s Slide Show Contest in California, 2011. She was chosen as a finalist in the photography category by the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano in 2010, among other prizes and honors.
She studied Journalism and Mass Communication at the UNAM and took the Seminar in Contemporary Photography at Mexico City’s Centro de la Imagen in 2011. She has worked as a photojournalist for the magazine Contralínea, the photo agency Cuartoscuro, and the newspapers Milenio y Excélsior. She is currently a freelance photographer working and living in Mexico City.
Her portfolio can be seen here: miriamsanchezvarela.carbonmade.com