Magdalena Sole

Magdalena Solé is a social documentary photographer. She is best known for her vibrant and complex color work. Visual language has been her life’s work. In 1989 she founded TransImage, a graphic design studio in New York City. In 2002 she graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in Film from Columbia University. Her last film, “Man On Wire”, on which she was the Unit Production Manager, won an Oscar in 2009.


She has taught in Japan and the Americas. Her projects span the globe. Her current work includes: « Kamagasaki » — a photo documentary on the shunned elderly day laborers of Japan. «Since That Day», an exploration of the aftermath of the Great 2011 Eastern Japan Disaster, and «Hasta Siemple», documenting Cuba at the cross-roads.  Most recently her photographs of the Mississippi Delta have been selected as a PDN Photo Annual 2011 Finalist. Her book «New Delta Rising», published by the University Press of Mississippi, was released in February 2012. It has won the Silver Award in 2011 at PX3 Prix de la Photographie, France. She is also winner of the Silver Prize 2011 at Slow Exposures, Concord, GA. Other shows in 2012 are «Voices from Japan» at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City and IDEA Space Gallery in Colorado Springs, CO, «Dante and the Delta» at Doma Gallery in Charlotte, NC, «The Delta» at WilJax Gallery in Cleveland, MS, «After The Water Receeded» at the Sidney Mishkin Gallery, and «The Delta» at Sous Les Étoiles Gallery in New York City. «The Mississippi Delta» was also exhibited in 2013 at the Leica Gallery in New York City and The Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, FL. Most recent shows include : «Behind the Lens: Women Photographers on Appalachia and The South» at the Slowcumb Galleries in Johnson City, TN, Castell Photography Gallery, Asheville, NC, «Hasta Siempre» at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York City, «The Delta» at the Griffin Museum, Boston, MA, «A Retrospective» at The Soho Leica Store in New York City, «Aftermath» at the Soho Photo Gallery in New York, «After That Day» at Itochu Aoyama Art Square Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, and «Hasta Siempre» at the Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro, VT. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Fotostiftung Schweiz Museum in Winterthur, Switzerland, a museum featuring prominent Swiss Photographers.


Born in Spain, raised in Switzerland, she arrived in New York City in 1984, where she lives with her family. She speaks seven languages.