Yael Martínez


Yael Martínez is a Mexican photographer who became a Magnum Photos Nominee member in 2020, based in Taxco, Mexico. His work addresses fractured communities in his native Mexico. He often works symbolically to evoke a sense of emptiness, absence, and pain suffered by those affected by organized crime in the region.

Martínez was a grantee of the Magnum Foundation in the grants: Emergency Fund and On Religion in 2016- 2017. He was a recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography in 2019, a fellow of the Photography and Social Justice Program of The Magnum Foundation in 2019, and became a member of Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte, Mexico in 2020.

His work has been featured in group shows in America, Europe, Africa and Asia, and belongs to the collections of the International Center of Photography, the Bronx Documentary Center, the Toledo / INBA Collection, and Fundación Televisa. His work has been published by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg news, Lens - The New York Times, Time, Vogue Italia, Vrij Nederland, Aperture among others.

World Press Photo Involvement: 
2022 World Press Photo Contest winner
6x6 Global Talent Program nominator
6x6 North and Central America Talent 
2019 World Press Photo Contest winner
2015 Joop Swart Master Class participant

Read more about Yael Martínez’s 2019 Photo Contest winning project ‘The House that Bleeds’ – In conversation with: Yael Martinez

Yael Martínez on Social Media:
Instagram: @yaelmtzv
Twitter: @yaelmtzv

Yael Martínez
Portrait credit: Yael Martínez