Based in RIo de Janeiro, Brazil

Available for commissions& assignments

Sebastián Liste (Spain) is a documentary photographer and sociologist immersed and devoted to document the profound cultural changes and contemporary issues in Latin America and the Mediterranean Sea area, regions where he grew up and knows well.

Currently he divides his time between Brazil and Spain. He is specializing in long-term, in-depth projects where he create frameworks to make the societies reflect about the social consequences of today´s decision makers.

With his visual communication projects he wants to generate dialogues and collaborations between its subjects and the participating audiences, confronting different world´s perspectives and evaluating our impact in the future generations. 

In 2010, while he was getting his Masters degree in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, he won the Ian Parry Scholarship for his long term project “Urban Quilombo”, about the extreme living conditions that dozens of families who have set up home in an abandoned chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil face.

The same year he was named the young editorial photographer of the year at the Lucie Awards in New York. Since then his work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, TIME Magazine, The New Yorker, Paris Match, The Sunday Times Magazine, Burn, L´Espresso, D La Repubblica, Photo District News, The British Journal of Photography, Daylight Magazine and GUP Magazine, among other publications.

In 2011 Sebastián was selected to participate in the 18th World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam.

In 2012 Sebastián was announced as the Young Reporter of the Year winning the City of Perpignan Rémi Ochlik Award at Visa pour l´Image. The same year he won the Community Awareness Award at Pictures of the Year International competition, was named one of the 30 photographers to watch at PDN 30 and received a citation at the Olivier Rebbot Award.

He also got the Emergentes DST Award at Encontros da Imagem Festival in Portugal and an honorable mention at Freelens Festival for Young Photojournalism in Germany. In addition he received a Magnum Emegency Found Grant and the Getty Editorial Grant to develop his new project in the Brazilian Amazon.

In 2013, he received a Fotopres grant in Spain to develop a new project in Venezuela which resulted in his work “On the inside: Venezuelan prisons under inmate control”. This project was exhibited at Visa pour l´Image in 2014 and at Caixa Forum in Madrid and Barcelona in 2015. That year he was also finalist at the Eugene Smith Grant and got the Emaho Award at Format Festival in UK.

In 2014, he got the Alexia Foundation Grant in the US to continue developing his ongoing project about crime, punishment and security in Latin America. In 2016 he was awarded 3rd prize in the Daily Life category of World Press Photo for his story ‘Citizen Journalism in Brazil’s Favelas‘.   

His work is held in the permanent collection of The Sorigue Foundation in Lerida, Spain, at Maison de l´Image Documentarie in Séte, France, at Elton John Photography Collection, as well as other private collections. 

Sebastián Liste is a frequent lecturer on photography at universities, photography schools and festivals and conducts photographic workshops.

He is currently based between Brazil and Spain.

Selected Stories

Urban quilombo

This project is a testimony of a place that no longer exists.

In 2003, dozens of families occupied the “Galpao da Araujo Barreto”, an abandoned chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. 

Prior to establishing themselves in this place, these families lived throughout the dangerous streets of the city, but tired of living with so much violence and despair they came together to seize this deserted factory, which lay in ruins, and they transformed it into a home for themselves.

Since 2009, Sebastián Liste has been documenting the community of Barreto.

An Intimate pandemic

It’s said that violence is the social pandemic of the century in Latin America.

But actually everyday life and social change in the region has never been immune to violence.

The conquest, the slavery system, the independence, the land acquisition, the expropriation of natural resources and the political revolutions have been violent.

Machu picchu

"My going to Machu Picchu felt like a pilgrimage — in some ways connected to my family, but also just for me.

The trek gives you a sense of how big the Inca Empire was ­— it’s incredible to see a piece of this huge civilization. 

I shot in black and white as a homage to Martín Chambi, an indigenous photographer who shot all around the Andes in the mid-20th century."

Aleppo after the fall

As the Syrian civil war turns in favor of the regime, a nation adjusts to a new reality — and a complicated new picture of the conflict emerges.

Selected Portraits


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 Peru, Andes, 20 August 2016

Aerial view of the Andes from the flight Lima-Cusco.
The Andes are the longest continental mountain range in the world. They are a continual range of highlands along the western edge of South America. This range is about 7,000 km (4,300 mi) long, about 200 to 700 km (120 to 430 mi) wide (widest between 18� south and 20� south latitude), and of an average height of about 4,000 m (13,000 ft). The Andes extend from north to south through seven South American countries: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.

Sebastian Liste / NOOR
 SULEYMANIYE, ISTANBUL, TURKEY - DECEMBER 2013: A Syrian refugee walking in the streets of the Suleymaniye neighborhood. Here, a community of Syrian Kurdish refugees have found a new home after escaping from the horrors of the civil war.

The Syrian civil war has sparked the worst global refugee crises in over 40 years. 
Living in limbo between the dream of returning home and hoping to find asylum in Europe, a community of Syrian Kurdish refugees has built their new home in the ruins of the decaying neighborhood of Suleymaniye in Istanbul. Most of them had a good life in Aleppo but now their families are struggling to survive. (Photo by Sebastian Liste/NOOR)

The Andes, Peru, 2016 | Print

Samba, Brazil, 2009 | Print

Suleymaniye, Turkey, 2013 | Print