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Félix Marquez

Félix Marquez is a Mexican visual journalist and photographer from Veracruz, who has spent the last 14 years documenting drug violence, children's rights, environmental violence and migration on the US-Mexican borders. He collaborates with global news agencies like De Volkskrant, The Associated Press, The Globe and Greenpeace. His work has also been published internationally, i.e. in The New York Times, National Geographic, The Guardian, AJ+, Le Mond, El País, Los Angeles Times and many other national media.

Felix has been awarded first place in the State Prize for Journalism CEAPP (Mexico), Amnesty International Prize for mixed media category (Canada), two times winner of the Gabriel García Márquez Ibero-American Prize in the image category in 2017 and the coverage category in 2019 (Colombia) and many others.

He is the founder and co-producer of ‘Mirar Distinto’, an Independent International Festival of Journalistic and Documentary Photography based in Veracruz, Mexico. He is the author of the book ‘Testigo de la Violencia’ (Juan Pablos editors, 2018). Felix co-produced the creative documentary '499'  (2020). Which by mixing fictional and nonfictional elements, explores the brutal legacy of colonialism in contemporary Mexico.


Nevertheless, Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists worldwide. He has created a tribute catalogue of instruments and objects from his colleagues who were killed due to their work as journalists. ‘Vestiges’ is still a work in progress. Still, he has exhibited twice in Amsterdam and The Hague, invited by Free Press Unlimited’s (FPU) initiative ‘A Safer World for the Truth’ and in Berlin as a Reporters Without Borders (RSF) guest.


One of Shelter City's goals is to broaden our guests' networks. Do you think you could help Félix with his work? Contact us, and we will get in touch! Keep in mind, this guest is no longer staying with us in Amsterdam, but we would be happy to forward your message so you can get in touch with him.


Statement Documentary by Nuria Zantman

One of Felix's photographs was awarded first place at the 'Festival de Fotografía Internacional de León’. This statement documentary is meant to fill in for his absence from the award panel due to his stay in the Netherlands in 2022.

He recounts the story of this picture, and he tells a bit more about his trajectory as a photojournalist in one of the cities with the highest rates of anti-press violence in Mexico and the world.



Solo exhibition ‘With no Ithaca Awaiting’

'With no Ithaca Awaiting' reflects years of migrant exodus in Latin America and The Caribbean. This photo exhibition encouraged reflection on the phenomenon of migration. People in mobility are not only part of our common scenarios but also shape and transform our sociocultural and communal realities.


The work motivated dialogue with and within the public. Who will recognise or remember the turning points and the reason why governments, racism, discrimination and inequality continue to expel entire families from their territories. Creating bridges that
allow us to discuss different identities and cultural manifestations, enriching our worldviews and understandings.


This exhibition symbolised people's trajectories. A path from Tijuana to Ter Apel. The exhibition opened on the 8th of December at the BIPOC creative hub and safe space ‘Bar Bario’, on display till the 1st of January of 2023.


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