Museo San Telmo
April - June 2021
Donostia - San Sebastián
by Gervasio Sánchez
Gervasio Sánchez (Cordoba, 1959) graduated in Journalism from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1984. As a journalist and photojournalist, he has covered most of the armed conflicts which have taken place in the last 30 years and witnessed 15 wars, including the Gulf War, those of the former Yugoslavia and many others in Latin America (Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala…), Africa (Rwanda, Sierra Leone…) and Asia. He writes for “El Heraldo de Aragón” and “La Vanguardia” newspapers, and also contributes to other publications and branches of the media (the Cadena SER radio station, the BBC Spanish service, the magazine “Tiempo”…).
Gervasio Sánchez, who lives in Zaragoza, has published many books which summarise his photo reports on armed conflicts and their consequences. The first of these came out in 1994: “El cerco de Sarajevo” (The Siege of Sarajevo), a compendium of his work in the Bosnian capital between June 1992 and March 1994. Some of his other key publications include “Vidas minadas” (1997, Mined Lives), about the impact of anti-personnel mines on civil populations in the most mined countries in the world, including Afghanistan, Angola and Cambodia; “Kosovo, crónica de la deportación” (1999, Kosovo, a chronicle of deportation); “Niños de la guerra” (2000, War Children); “La caravana de la muerte: las víctimas de Pinochet” (2001, The Caravan of Death: Pinochet’s victims); “Los ojos de la guerra” (2001, The Eyes of War), which he co-authored with the reporter Manuel Leguineche as a tribute to Miguel Gil, a war correspondent murdered in Sierra Leone in 2000; “Sierra Leona: guerra y paz” (2005, Sierra Leone: war and peace), co-authored with the then-missionary Chema Caballero (2006 Brunet Prize); “Desaparecidos” (2011, Missing), about the forced deportation of thousands of people in ten countries on three continents, and “Vida/Life” (2016).
He has received numerous awards for his professional career, including the National Photography Prize (2009), The King of Spain’s International Journalism Prize (2009), the Ortega y Gasset Journalism Prize (2008), the Julio Anguita Parrado International Journalism Prize (2011) and the Cirilo Rodríguez Journalism Prize (1996). He is also an Adoptive Son of Zaragoza (1998) and has received the Santa Isabel de Portugal Gold Medal from the Provincial Government of Zaragoza (1998), the Medal for Professional Merit from the Government of Aragon (2004) and the Andalusian Culture Prize (1995).