Baracaldo (Bizkaia), 1974.
Aitor Lara develops a documentary portrait work addressing issues related to socio-cultural values, identity and anonymity, suggesting a way of interpreting contemporary reality. He has developed projects in different countries delving into the social and anthropological dimensions of different religious cults, social minorities and secret societies.
His professional career began in 1999 when he was awarded the Juana de Aizpuru Photography Prize. Since then he has been awarded the most prestigious prizes and grants, such as the Ruy de Clavijo research grant from Casa Asia (2004), the Europa Multicultural Award from Doctors of the World (2008), the Endesa Grant for Plastic Arts (2013), the OjodePez Human Values Award from PhotoEspaña (2014) or the grant from the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome, AECID (2016). In 2018 his photographs inaugurate the World Forum on Urban Violence, United Nations Agenda for Sustaining Peace held in Madrid. In 2018, UNDP United Nations Development Programme, in collaboration with National Geographic commissions him the project Out of Africa Migrations, on the current phenomenon of African migration in Europe.
He has published several books, such as Torre de Silencio, Maestranza and Ronda Goyesca. He has also published several articles in NewsWeek, Financial Times, CNN, NBC, OjodePez or Vokrug Sveta.