Originally from Barcelona, Jordi Ruiz Cirera is a documentary photographer based in London. After receiving his BA in Design from Elisava School, Cirera moved to the UK in 2011 where he went on to receive an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication.
Cirera’s personal projects focus on the portrayal of life in small communities around the world, including Europe, Northern Africa, the Middle East and South America, considering the impact that globalisation has had on each. His work has been nominated for – and won – a wide range of international awards, including the Magnum & IdeasTap 30 Under Thirty and the Barcelona BIPA Awards in 2015, Premio Revela in 2014, as well as the Taylor-Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize in 2012. In 2016 he was awarded a Magnum Emergency Fund Grant, supporting projects that address critical global issues yet to receive the attention they deserve.
His highly acclaimed Menonos reveals insights into the lives of Mennonite colonies living in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, through a series of portraits of this solitary community that shuns electricity and photography. Having built up gradual trust with each family in order to photograph them, his work depicts the way in which the community fiercely values its unique customs, language and habits in the face of growing ‘influence from the locals’. As well as having been exhibited in London, Barcelona, Madrid and Mälmo, this work is collated in Cirera’s first monograph, Los Menonos, published by Éditions du LIC.
In addition to his solo exhibitions at photography festivals and private galleries, Cirera has exhibited widely in collective exhibitions, including Under 35 at the Ivorypress Gallery for PhotoEspaña Festival Madrid and 30 Under Thirty at Birmingham’s NEC. In these, his work The United Soya Republic documented the socio-economic impact of agribusiness in Paraguay.
Cirera undertakes his long-term personal projects alongside editorial and corporate assignments, and has featured in high-profile international publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times Magazine, The British Journal of Photography, Newsweek Japan, Io Donna, Die Zeit and El País.