Cristóbal Olivares (Santiago, Chile 1988) is a documentary photographer with special interest in social affairs. He is the Co-founder of Buen Lugar Ediciones


From 2014 to mid 2016 Cristóbal was part of the VII Mentor Program.

He has been awarded with several prizes, residences and grants from different organizations such as POY Latam (Best Book of the Year), MAST Foundation for Photography Grant(Italy), Open Society Foundations(USA), Photographic Museum of Humanity, FotoVisura(USA), PhotoEspaña, ENS(Colombia), National Council for the Culture and Arts(Chile), Images Singulières Festival(France), Querétaro Photofest(Mexico), FIFV(Chile), Rodrigo Rojas Denegri Award(Chile) and 12 times winner at the National Press Photo Awards (FotoPrensa) in Chile including the Photo of the Year.



Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015 - "A-MOR" -Chilean Museum of Contemporary Arts. Santiago, Chile

2013 - "In Karen's Name" -Fotogaleria Arcos. Santiago,Chile.

2012 - "-42º" -Centro Cultural Estación Mapocho.Santiago,Chile.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018- "Cambio de Lugar" Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda.Santiago, Chile.

2018- MAST Foundation for Photography Grant on Industry and Work. Bologna, Italy

2017- "We are not your servants anymore" Torino, Italy.

2017- "Photographing the Female" Mumbai, India.

2017- "FOCOM". Galeria Arcos, Santiago, Chile.

2016-  CLAP! Contemporary Latin American Photobooks"(10x10 Photobooks). PGHPhoto Fair. Pittsburgh, USA.

2016- "InVisible" Centex. Valparaíso, Chile

2016- Images Singulières Festival. Sète, France.

2016- "El Rostro de Chile". PCDV. Valparaíso, Chile.

2016- "El Rostro de Chile". CCPLM. Santiago, Chile.

2015- Dali Intl Photography Festival. Dali, China.

2015- Valparaiso International Festival of Photography.

2015- Images Singulières Festival. Sète, France.

2014- Photofest Querétaro, México.

2013- Valparaiso International Festival of Photography.

2013- 2nd Anthology of Young Photographers. Santiago, Chile. 

2012- Valparaiso International Festival of Photography.

2012- Ian Parry Scholarship exhibition.Mother Gallery. London,UK. 

2012- Chilean Contemporary Photojournalism Exhibition. Centro Cultural Estación Mapocho. Santiago,Chile. 

2011- LegalArt. Chilean Contemporary Photographers. Miami.USA. 



Publications & Clients:

Internazionale(IT), Stern-Crime(Germany), Der Spiegel(Germany), FT Weekend Magazine(UK), The New York Times(USA), Time(USA), ZEIT(Germany), Businessweek(USA), Bloomberg News(USA), Surface(USA), The Guardian(Uk), The Washington Post(USA), The Clinic(CL), Greenpeace, Disegno Daily(UK), Ojo de Pez(Spain), MediaPart(France), Qué Pasa(CL), Revista Paula(CL), LPO(ARG), PAT(CL), Revista Anfibia(ARG), Global Voices(USA), VIA Magazine(Canada). 


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