Cristina De Middel, ‘"Umeko" from the series The Afronauts’, 2012, Dillon + Lee


  • PULSE Miami IMPUSE Prize, Miami FL
  • Infinity Award for a Publication, 2013, ICP, New York, NY
  • Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013, London, UK, Finalist


  • First Book Prize. Aperture/Paris Photo 2012, Paris, FRANCE and New York, NY, Finalist
  • Photo Folio Review, Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, FRANCE
  • Hey Hot Shot. Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY, Finalist
  • Sony World Photography Awards, London, UK, 2nd prize
  • 3rd Ward Open Call, New York, NY, Finalist
  • Renaissance Photography Prize, London, UK, Finalist
  • Accademia Appulia, London, UK, Finalist
  • PDN Photo Annual, New York, NY, Finalist

Series: Afronauts


  • "The Afronauts," La New Gallery, Pinta, The Modern & Contemporary Latin American Art Show;

2013 “The Afronauts,” Paraty Festival, BRAZIL

  • “Vida y milagros de Paula P”, MUA Museum, Alicante, SPAIN
  • “The Afronauts,” FOAM Museum, AMSTERDAM
  • “The Afronauts,” Parati em Foco, BRAZIL
    -“The Afronauts,” Lagos Photo Festival, NIGERIA
  • “The Afronauts,” The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK
  • “The Afronauts,” Deustche Börse HQ, Frankfurt, GERMANY
  • “The Afronauts,” Photo Ireland, The Cooper Gallery, Dublin, IRELAND
  • “The Afronauts”, Dillon Gallery, New York, UNITED STATES
  • “The Afronauts,” Les Rencontres de la Photographie d´Arles. Section Officielle, FRANCE
  • “The Afronauts,” Festival Circulation (S), Paris, FRANCE
  • “The Afronauts,” Tagomago Gallery, Paris, FRANCE
  • “The Afronauts,” Espace QUAI1, Vevey, SWITZERLAND
  • “The Afronauts,” Festival di la Fotografia Europea, ITALY
  • “The Afronauts,” T.R.I.P. Mercato Traiano di Roma Reggio Emilia, Rome, ITALY
  • “The Afronauts”, La New Gallery, Museum of the University of Cádiz, Madrid, SPAIN

2012 Caja Mediterráneo. Itinerance

  • “The Afronauts,” La New Gallery, Madrid, SPAIN
  • “The Afronauts,” Kursala, Universidad de Cádiz, Cádiz, SPAIN
  • “The Afronauts,” GuatePhoto OpenCall, GUATEMALA

About Cristina De Middel

Cristina de Middel presents fictional scenes through a reality-based lens in her photographs. Disenchanted with photojournalism and the media’s shaping of public opinions, de Middel emphasizes holistic storytelling in her art, which is rooted in systems of beliefs, rituals, and religions. She is best known for “The Afronauts,” a self-published series about the short-lived Zambian space program. The series follows a fictionalized representation of true events, juxtaposing space age themes against a folk art aesthetic with the intent of criticizing the Western media’s stigmatization of Africa. De Middel’s goal is to spark debate about representations of the truth through these staged images. Most recently, de Middel has used photography to explore community militarization in Brazilian favelas, slums in Lagos, and Nigerian spam emails.

Spanish, b. 1975, Alicante, Spain