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I was born in Madrid in 1967, grandchild to Ramon Menedez Pidal, one of Spain leading humanist from the 20th century and daughter to Diego Catalan, disciple of RMP and a medievalist emeritus.. My early memories are traveling with my father through villages trying to collect old popular ballads and songs to later be transcribed for his studies. My interest in photography initially started from an anthropologist point of view seeing the world through the eyes of the people and their customs.
In 1990 I leave Spain and establish myself in New York City starting to work as a professional B/W printer and as a photographer for different magazines and collaborating with artist in their personal projects. In 1995 I travel to Chiapas , Mexico driven by my interest in people and their ways of life. I find work in the photography archives of Gertrude Duby Blom in the Museum of Na-Bolom in San Cristobal de las Casas. During these years I photograph one of my mayor projects “La otra Cara de un pueblo Zapatista” an inside story of a Zapatista village in the lacandon jungle. When I come back to New York, in 1997, I start working as a B/W master printer in Magnum Photos. Specializing in fine art book printing, exhibition printing and commercial repro.
I produce and collaborate in many of the magnum photographers greatest work such as Erich Hartmann “Queen Elizabeth” (Melville gallery); Paul Fusco “Chernobyl legacy”, Robert Capa “Death of a Loyalist Militiaman, D-day Normandy; Bruce Davidson “Central Park, Bruce Gilden (Facing New York, Coney island, Go) , Larry Towell (Mennonites) Dennis Stock (james Dean Audrey Hepburn,) Burt Glinn (the revolution); Elliot Erwitt; Chien Chi Chang, Leonard Freed and James Nachtwey commercial reproductions….etc
In 2002 I open my own lab in Williamsburg , Brooklyn and in 2006 I extend my working grounds by opening a photography space Studio304, were I continue to work and organize every other month Studio304 Slideshow.

Today she lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Rob Herschenfeld and her three children Luna, Kidon and Arlo

Friendship, M.I.L.K publications. 2001
New York Fashion, V&A Publications. Victoria and Albert Museum.2007
The Endless City, Phaedon Books (The Urban Age project by the London School of Econnomics and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhauen Society).2007
Madrid M30. Un projecto de Transformacion Urbana. Editorial Turner.2007

2009 NYPH Fine Art Single Image nominee

Spencer Throckmorton Fine Arts. NYC
Stephen Gaynor Auction. NYC
Linda Kastan. NYC
Mead Art Museum, Amherst College

mara Catalan 's current location:
New York , United States

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