Jordi Ruiz Cirera (b. 1984) is an award winning documentary photographer from Barcelona. Currently based in London he combines personal long-term projects with editorial, NGO and corporate assignments for a broad range of international clients.
In the last years he has been the recipent of global awards including winner of the Taylor-Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Magnum Emergency Fund Grant, the DB Award for Photography, Magnum 30 under 30, AOP Student Photographer of the Year, POYi, Lucie Awards or the Magenta Flash Forward.
He has exhibited widely in galleries and festivals, and is a regular contributor of media such as the NY Times, the Sunday Times Magazine and the Guardian. He has also published on National Geographic, TIME, Newsweek, Die Zeit, BJP or El País and worked with NGOs including MSF/Doctors without Borders, Save the Children and WaterAid.
In 2014 he published his first monograph, Los Menonos, with independent publishing house Editions du LIC. He holds a degree in Design, and an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication.
A journey through the heartlands of the Southern Cone's agribusiness, this project documents the changes to the landscape and socio-economic tissue brought about by intensive farming in Argentina and Paraguay.
Over the last decades several factors had put food security as one of the most pressing issues of our time; world population growth, water scarcity, climate change, biofuels production, or an increased demand for animal-origin foods -heightening pressure to grow more corn and soybeans to make fodder-; are enormous challenges to the difficult question of how we can feed billions of humans.
Along several trips I visited rural areas in those countries -leading exporters of soya, corn and beef – meeting with landowners, labourers, activists or jobless farmers to understand and illustrate the complexities of land issues and it's effects on the local communities; witnessing a rising economy, but also important cases of social unrest, deforestation, environmental contamination and internal migration – an issue that is ever more present in our world.
This work documents the complex realities of the global food chain at a time when we are seeing a shift from the traditional view of agriculture into a system designed to produce livestock food and oil for cars.