Claudia Corrales was born in Hemingway’s famous Cojímar fishing town, outside Havana, and grew up in a family of photographers, surrounded by film and the smell of dark room chemicals. Her grandfather, Raúl Corrales, was Fidel Castro’s personal photographer in the early years of the Cuban Revolution. Her father, Raúl Corrales Jr., is also a recognized photographer and movie and short video maker.
Following the family tradition, as a teenager she began to assist her father in photographic projects, and started to learn the trade. As a student at the Social Communication Faculty of Havana University, Claudia participated in her first collective photo exhibition. After graduation, she chose to become a professional freelance photographer.
Since 2010, the goal of Claudia’s photography has been to elicit reactions about the realities of our current society. She has developed photographic projects on issues such as war, gender violence, migration and climate change. She has also focused on the lives of humble people, specifically fishermen and farmers.
Claudia has also has been involved in the direction and production of audiovisuals, another important tool for her work, and has won the most important award for a Cuban video clip. Claudia has shown her work in in several personal and collective exhibitions in Cuba and abroad, and received excellent responses from critics. Her still photos are now part of many private collections around the world.
Claudia has collaborated as an assistant with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in Cuba since 2015. You can find her on Instagram @claudiacorrales.