"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Florida Film Festival in"The Other Side" - Official Selection - Florida Film Festival inGriselda San Martin is a Spanish documentary photographer and visual journalist based in New York City and Tijuana, Mexico. In June 2015 she graduated from the the Documentary photography program at the ICP in New York and also holds an an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Colorado (2013) and an MBA from ESADE Business School in Barcelona.

For the past four years she has been documenting the U.S.- Mexico border, staying most of the time in Tijuana, a community that has been a victim of Mexico's drug war and has been plagued by poverty, crime and violence. 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 vulnerable minorities such as the undocumented immigrants.

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.

Awards, Exhibitions and Publications


Featured in @EverydayMigration Instagram account

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

"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

"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)

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