Griselda San Martin is a documentary photographer currently based in New York City. She is a graduate of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography in New York and holds an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Colorado.

For the past five years, she has documented the U.S.- Mexico border. Her long-term projects delve into issues of immigration, deportation, inequality and human rights violations. She is currently focusing on the Hispanic community in the United States, exploring the effects of the rising xenophobic political and social climate in immigrants and ethnic minorities.

Her work explores transnational issues and focuses on concepts of identity and belonging. She is interested in in-depth stories that transcend borders and cultures and challenge popular assumptions and dominant media discourses.

Her work has appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic, The Huffington Post and El País among others.

Awards, Exhibitions and Publications


"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Queens World Film Festival in Queens, NY

"Borders and Belonging" Artist Talk and Exhibition at Haverford College in Haverford, PA

Slideluck Editorial Instagram Takeover and Website spotlight

Panel Discussion and Group Exhibition "15 Stories of Hope, Change and Justice" at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington. D.C.


"The Other Side" - Screening at Just Another Photo Festival in Kolkata, India (Born The Same Tour)

Solo Exhibition “Raices de Puebla” at Museo Regional de Cholula in Cholula, Mexico

"The Other Side" - Screening at Museo Regional de Cholula in Cholula, Mexico

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Doccy Mc Doc Fest in Bradford, UK

"The Other Side" - Screening at FoLa in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Born The Same Tour)

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Festival Miradas Fronterizas in Tijuana, Mexico

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Norwich Film Festival in Norwich, UK

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain

"The Other Side" - Official Selection -VERZIO International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Budapest, Hungary

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Napa Valley Film Festival in Napa Valley, CA

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Diaspora Film Festival in Toronto, Canada

Teacher at “Photography as a Tool of Change” workshop in Acatlan, Mexico

"The Other Side" - Screening at EFM (Encuentro Fotografico Mexico) Photo Festival  in Cholula, Mexico

Teacher at “Photography as a Tool of Change” workshop in Puebla, Mexico

Santa Muerte Project featured in the New York Times (online), print and New York Times en Español

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Santa Fe Independent Film Festival in Santa Fe, NM

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - United Nations Association Film Festival in San Francisco, CA

"The Other Side" - Screening at FotoMatch in Bari, Italy (Born The Same Tour)

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Film Festival in Hot Springs, AR

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - 15 Short Film Festival in Charlotte, NC

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Official Latino Short Film Festival in New York, NY

"The Other Side" - Screening at BDC’s Women Film Series (at Bronx Documentary Center) in New York, NY

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Edmonton International Film Festival in Edmonton, Canada

Teacher Assistant at Narrative Photography Workshop with Ashley Gilbertson and Ed Kashi

Participant at 1st Women Photograph Workshop at Photoville

Included in Visura’s list highlighting 15 Hispanic Photographers

Nominee for the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Award of Ibero-American Journalism (Premio Gabo)

Group Exhibition "Behind the Portrait" at Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai, UAE.

Winner Best Single Image at RENAISSANCE Photography Prize 2017

Group Exhibition “Invisible and Resistance” at Casa del Tunel Art Center in Tijuana, Mexico


Selected for Women Photograph Insider/Outsider exhibit at Photoville in New York City

Featured at Blink and Instagram account takeover

Featured in Hiraeth Magazine

Featured in Everydayeverywhere Instagram account

"The Other Side" - Winner Best Documentary Short - Film Score and The Scruffy City Film & Music Festival in knoxville, TN

"The Other Side" - Award of Recognition Documentary Short - Impact Docs Awards

"The Other Side" (#Bornthesame tour) projected at La Nuit de L'Annee in Arles, France

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Macon Film Festival in Macon, GA

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - South Bay Film & Music Festival in Hermosa Beach, CA

Featured in The New Republic

Selected for #Bornthesame tour by Slideluck Editorial

Featured in Artspace - "Make America Mexico Again: 10 Artworks about Immigration and the Border"

Featured in IODO - Documentary Photography and Film

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Lighthouse International Film Festival in Long Beach Island, NJ

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - San Francisco Documentary Film Festival in San Francisco, CA

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Brooklyn Film Festival in New York, NY

Featured in Global Voices - Project The Wall

"The Other Side" - Winner Best Documentary Short Award at Ridgefield Independent Film Festival in Ridgefield, CT

"The Other Side" - Finalist at Literally Short Film Festival in Houston, TX

Group Exhibition, "Disruption" at LIC Arts Open in Long Island City, NY

Featured in @EverydayMigration Instagram account

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Harlem International Film Festival in New York, NY

Selected Participant, New York Times Portfolio Review

Selected Winner, American Photography 33

Featured in The Hidden Photo Project

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Florida Film Festival in Maitland, FL

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson, AZ

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Columbus International Film and Video Festival in Columbus, OH

Shortlisted at Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award (Documentary Category) in Tbilisi (Georgia) - Project The Wall

"The Other Side" - Official Selection - American Documentary Film Festival and Fund in Palm Springs, CA

Published at Playground Do. - video

Published at The Washington Post - video/images

Featured in Capricious Magazine - Project The Wall

Group Exhibition, "Future Isms" at Glass Box gallery in Seattle, WA

Participated in Revista 5W Podcast - "Mexico and Trump's Wall"

Participated in B&H Photography Podcast " Taking the Long View, Social Documentary Projects"

Featured in Migramundo - Project The Wall

Featured in FotoEvidence - Project The Wall

Group Exhibition "Lo Mejor de Baja" in Tijuana, Mexico


Runner-up in COMPAS "New Horizons" Photo Competition on the theme of contemporary experiences of migration in Oxford, UK

Group Exhibition, Humble Arts Foundation's "Future Isms"

Featured in Capture Magazine’s Annual Edition, Australia - Project The Wall

Winner at the Tokyo International Foto Awards - 3rd Place Category People-Culture - Project Musulmana

Presenter at Bronx Documentary Center's Open Show 21 - "The Other Side" Short doc

Finalist at the 9th Pollux Awards - Projects The Wall and The Children of San Quintin (Documentary & Editorial Series Category)

Honorable Mentions at the ND Photography Awards - Projects: The Children of San Quintin (Editorial Documentary and People Children) and The Wall (Editorial Documentary and Editorial Photo Story)

Featured in Revista 5W, Spain - Project The Wall

Featured at New York Times en Español - "El Otro Lado" Short doc

Featured at New York Times Lens - "The Other Side" Short doc

Published at Huffington Post (Spanish) - Day of the Dead/ Santa Muerte in NYC

Published at Huffington Post - Day of the Dead/ Santa Muerte in NYC

Published at Dodho Magazine - Project Children of San Quintin

Participant at Eddie Adams Workshop XXIX

Winner IPA International Photography Awards 2016 - 1st Place Category: Editorial-Political and 3rd Place Category: People-Children

Exhibition New York Photography Diary's "Elsewhere is a Negative Mirror" in London, UK

Winner Howard Chapnick Award at Missouri Photo workshop 68

Exhibition "Territory//Space" at Odesa//Batumi Photo Days 2016

Selected Winner at Latin American Fotografia 5

Honorable Mention at Prix de la Photographie Paris 2016

Winner at Moscow International Foto Awards 2016 - First Place Category Editorial-Political

Honorable Mention at IPA Family of Man Competition- Category Children

Winner Nominee at Fine Art Photography Awards - Category Photojournalism

Participant at VII Photo Agency Visual Storytelling workshop in Barcelona, Spain

Winner at the 9th International Color Awards - Third place Category Children of the World.

Instagram takeover at Open Society Foundations (OSF)


Honorable Mention at IPA International Photography Awards 2015

Speaker at International Festival of Photography Tijuana, Mexico

Published at Animal Politico, Mexico

Exhibition, Tipping Point at the International Center of Photography, New York

Published at Shift Book Vol. 10, International Center of Photography, 2015

Recipient of ICP George and Joyce Moss Scholarship, New York


Winner Second place at the 2014 Gender and Justice competition held by the Supreme Court of Mexico, United Nations Women among other org.- short video Soldiers Without a Nation

Speaker at Conference “Deported Veterans. Soldiers Without a Nation” Tijuana, Mexico


Recipient of University of Colorado Beverly Sears grant


Member of National Journalism Honor Society (Kappa Tau Alpha)