Cristóbal Olivares, born in Santiago, Chile in 1988, is a documentary photographer with a special interest in social affairs. He is the co-founder of Buen Lugar, an independent editorial initiative that publishes books and photography zines. 

From 2014 to mid 2016 Cristóbal was part of the VII Photo agency mentor program

He is a 2019 Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow

In 2021 his work The Eternity of Tomorrow was nominated for Online Video of the Year and won 2nd prize in the World Press Photo Contest

He has been recognized and awarded with prizes, residences and grants from different organizations such as Magnum FoundationWorld Press PhotoMAST Foundation for Photography Grant(Italy), Open Society Foundation(USA), POY Latam, Photographic Museum of Humanity Grant(IT), New York Portfolio Review(USA), Goethe-Institut, Visura Grant(USA), Sony World Photography Awards(UK), PhotoEspaña, ENS(Colombia), National Council for the Culture and Arts(Chile), Images Singulières Festival(France), Prix Isem(FR), Querétaro Photofest(Mexico), FIFV(Chile), Rodrigo Rojas De Negri Award(Chile) and several times winner at the National Photojournalism Awards (FotoPrensa) in Chile including the Photo of the Year in 2017. He is a main character in the documentaries Rectángulo en el Ojo about Chilean contemporary photographers and A Conscious Dream by Photographic Museum of Humanity.

Selected Publications & Clients
The New York Times(USA), Bloomberg News(USA), Businessweek(USA), Internazionale(Italy), Greenpeace(International), Stern-Crime(Germany), Der Spiegel (Germany), FT Weekend Magazine (UK), Le Monde(France), Le Monde Diplomatique(France), The Washington Post(USA), Time(USA), ZEIT(Germany), Liberation(France), Surface(USA), The Guardian(UK), FishEye(France), The Clinic(Chile), Disegno Daily(UK), El País(España), Ojo de Pez(Spain), MediaPart(France), Qué Pasa(Chile), Revista Sábado(Chile), Revista Paula(Chile), PAT(Chile), Revista Anfibia(Argentina), VIA Magazine(Canada), among others.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

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

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

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

Selected Group Exhibitions
2022- Surtropía. XXI Festival internacional de la imagen. Manizales. Colombia.
2021- Latin American Photo Festival. Bronx Documentary Center. NYC. USA.

2021- World Press Photo Exhibition. Worldwide.

2020- Fest Foto Porto Alegre. Porto Alegre, Brasil.

2019- Nos Queda la Noche. V Forum Fotografía. Sao Paulo, Brasil.

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. Galería 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 International 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. 

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