"Don't be afraid to take bad pictures, because good photos are the mistakes of bad photos".
Isidoro Ruiz-Haro (1967) is a social anthropologist and a freelance travel and documentary stock photographer based in Barcelona, Spain.
Following an unspecific general interest in the visual arts, in early 1990s and after acquiring a third-hand Canon AV-1, he began to mechanically take photos, in a self-taught and unconscious manner all around the streets of Barcelona.
At that time, he basically shoot just as a kind of divertimento without paying special attention to the subject photographed. With having no specific references and with an almost absolute ignorance of the world of photography, his only conscious interest at that time was just to produce images visually appealing to himself. In fact, that's still the aim at his photography.
Shortly thereafter he made his first independent trips in West Africa and Southeast Asia. Since then both the fact of traveling independently and a wish to visually document his travel experiences quickly became central motivations in his photography, starting to develop a singular kind of travel and documentary photography that still are at the core of his photographic work and life. Photography then became his particular way of recording his own biography.
His work is characterized by a close and colorized but unobtrusive approach to his subjects, either wether they are people or places, landscapes or urban photos, but always trying not to record them just from a descriptive point of view. People living his real lifes in their environment, just trying to reflect the way he understands the ephimeral stories and moments that occurs around him while taking pictures.
As Alex Webb said once, "...for me, the act of photographing is about spontaneous discovery, seeing and responding, not thinking or analyzing. The ideas that exist in my photographs emerge out of the images themselves. They do not come from a priori notions". Maybe, it's all just about recording a subjective sense of place... a subjective feeling of being there. That's why very often some kind of intended blur and movement are present in his photos.
Since early 2000s, his work is being worldwide represented and distributed either by some of the most important stock photography agencies in the world, but also by other agencies equally professional and efficient but maybe not as widely known. Thanks to this, his pictures are regularly worldwide published and fortunately not only by prestigious international press and magazines. Local small editorial and magazines also buy and license his photos to be used. Some of them, even trust enough to make some assignments regularly.
His latest works focus mainly on peoples, cultures and places in Southeast Asia, where he continues to travel regularly. Among this wide topic -and following the anthropological concept of No Place-, capturing some aspects of contemporary relationship between people and urban space life in Asian megacities is a work currently in progress. Apart of that, he still continues walking around the streets of Barcelona and capturing his personal approach to the Costa Brava in Girona province (Spain). One of his places in the world. Also from a wide point of view, the Mediterranean territories and cultures are topics of a long-time recurrent ongoing work.
While not taking photos, he teaches social anthropology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona where he also usually does ethnographical social research and develops social projects.