Sebastian Liste was born in 1985 in Alicante, Spain. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the UNED, and a Masters in the Arts in Photojournalism at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is a photographer and a sociologist working in many aspects of the contemporary life in Latin America and the Mediterranean Sea area, regions where he grew up and knows well. He is currently living between Brazil and Spain.
Sebastian’s extensive documentary work has focused on the lives of diverse communities around the world. By 2009, when Sebastian finished his undergraduate studies, and had visited over 20 countries, including Laos, Ethiopia, Mexico, Mali, Cuba, Nepal, among others, where he was created visual communication projects based on his deep knowledge of social issues.
On these long-term projects Sebastian explored the profound cultural changes that occur in our contemporary world. Through his personal and intimate stories that fluctuate between documenting daily life in struggling communities to that of his own family.
His work is enriched by the closeness and deep knowledge of his subjects. One issue that he is passionate about and has been constant in his work is the culture of resistance; human beings who transform their immediate environment in order to survive and how today’s life in a community is created and shaped, as we are living an important historical moment where this kind of life is changing and disappearing at the same time with the feeling of belonging and the identity.
In 2010, while he was getting his Masters degree in Photojournalism at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, he won the Ian Parry Scholarship for his long term project “Urban Quilombo”, about the extreme living conditions that dozens of families who have set up home in an abandoned chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil face. The same year he was named the young editorial photographer of the year at the Lucie Awards in New York. Since then his work has appeared in TIME Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, Burn Magazine, Photo District News, Private Photo Review, British Journal of Photography, Daylight Magazine, GUP Magazine and Hotshoe Magazine, among other publications.
Sebastian´s work has been internationally recognized by POYi, The Overseas Press Club, Sony WPO, NPPA, Lucie Awards, PDN Photo Annual, Paris PX3, Anthropographia Human Rights Award, Daylight/CDS Awards, CENTER Awards, Freelens Awards, The PGB Awards, Reinassance Prize, Terry O´Neill Award, among others. In 2011 Sebastian was also selected to participate in the 18th World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass.
In 2012 Sebastian was announced as the winner of the City of Perpignan Rémi Ochlik Award, the Community Awareness Award at POYi, as one of the 30 photographers to watch at PDN 30 and received a Citation at the Olivier Rebbot Award. In addition he received a Magnum Emegency Found Grant to develop his new project in the Brazilian Amazon.
Sebastian´s work has been exhibited internationally in numerous shows and festivals including Visa Pour l´Image (France, 2012), Look3 Festival of the Photograph (USA, 2012), FotoLeggendo Festival (Italy, 2012) ImageSingulieres Festival (France, 2012), Galerie de l´Instant (France, 2012), Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism (Germany, 2012), Noorderlicht Photo Festival (Netherlads, 2011), Angkor Photo Festival (Cambodia, 2011), The New York Photo Festival (USA, 2011), Speos Gallery (Paris, 2011), Ring Cube (Tokio, 2011), Maison des Arts du Grutli (Swizerland, 2011), Gallery 291 (San Francisco, 2011), Getty Images Gallery (London, 2010) and Host Gallery (London, 2010).
His work is held in the permanent collection of The Sorigue Foundation in Lerida, Spain and at Maison de l´Image Documentarie in Séte, France.
Sebastian Liste is represented by Reportage by Getty Images.