Photo by Els Zweerink


Darcy Padilla is a documentary photographer, photojournalist, and lecturer specializing in contemporary issues and long-term projects.

Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, three World Press Photo Awards, Alexia Foundation Grant, Open Society Institute Individual Fellowship, Getty Images Grant, Alicia Patterson Fellowship, International Photo-Reporter Grant, Canon Female Photojournalist Award, and the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanitarian Photography.

Padilla has taught documentary photography at the San Francisco Art Institute and led workshops at Rencontres d’Arles.

Exhibited and published internationally, Padilla documented the 2016 U.S. elections exclusively for Le Monde and in 2017 is exhibiting at Visa pour l’Image her ongoing project on the Oglala Lakotas from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Padilla is a judge on the second season of Sky Arts’ Master of Photography, simulcast across five countries: Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and United Kingdom.

Family Love, her recent book, is based on Padilla’s documentary The Julie Project that follows a family for 21 years — an intimate story of poverty, Aids, and social issues.

She is a member of Agence Vu in Paris and lives in San Francisco.  

Emmanuel Carrère, “Julie’s Life,” Grant 137
Emmanuel Carrère, “La Vita di Julie,” Propizio è avere ove recarsi