1st Place 2021 / Book (Non-Pro)

Hombrecino (Little Man)

  • Photographer
    Susana Cabanero
  • Prizes
    Gold in Book/Documentary, 1st place winner in Book

For over 35 years my grandfather kept a list of typed names in his wallet. They were neighbours and friends who had been executed at the start of the Spanish Civil War, and had been missing ever since. Since I was a child, he would often read those names to me, emotional, describing with amazing detail who they were. My desire to understand his longing led me to places that held the memory of the conflict and the disappeared. What I liked best was showing him what I had seen on my return. One day I took him with me to meet with the names of the list for the last time.

Photographer based in Madrid, Spain. Susana’s work focuses on travel and intimate stories that delve into human memory and emotions. Her work has been exhibited in the Nuits des Images, PhotoEspaña, ARCOmadrid and Athens Photo Festival, among others, and published in national and international media like El País, the Guardian, Vision Magazine China or LensCulture. In December 2020 she self-published her first book, "Hombrecino", that explores the collective memory of her country through a list of names of people who disappeared in the Spanish Civil War and the memories of her grandfather.