Announcing Cristina De Middel’s Five Stories


Cristina De Middel, “Yiqaba,” from The Afronauts, 2012. Archival pigment print.


Candela Books + Gallery is excited to host an exhibition of works by internationally-acclaimed photographer, Cristina De MiddelFive Stories will include photographs from five bodies of De Middel’s work over the last five years. Starting out as a photojournalist, De Middel’s approach expands on the documentary platform to integrate fact and fiction through imaginative visual narratives.

Poly Spam, De Middel’s first project veering from journalism, features fabricated portraits of people who send spam mail. This work was exhibited, and met with critical acclaim, at the PhotoEspaña festival in Madrid, Spain 2009. Continuing in this vein, De Middel serendipitously began research on the top 10 strangest experiments from the 1960s and uncovered the Zambian Space Project. This led to her internationally renowned series, The Afronauts, in which she visually recreates the story of Edward Makuka Nkoloso, the founder of Zambia National Academy of Science, Space Research and Philosophy as he instituted a mission to send the first African Astronaut into outer space. These two series, along with The PartySnap Finger & Whistle and Antipodes will offer a comprehensive look at this important 21st century photographer.

De Middel has received numerous awards and recognition for her fine art photography. In 2012 she was a finalist for the First Book Prize, Aperture/Paris Photo, and in 2013 she was recognized as a Deutsche Börse finalist and received the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography. Originally from Alicante, Spain, De Middel currently lives and works in London.


The opening reception will take place Friday, January 9, 5-8pm.