Xaume Olleros Xaume Olleros

Xaume Olleros is a Spanish photographer based in Dakar, Senegal, with a more than a decade of experience shooting for international outlets including Bloomberg News, Getty Images, the New York Times and Agence France-Presse (AFP). Olleros discovered photography in his late 20s after a stint working in marketing for a bank, initially working for several national news and sport publications in Spain. Seeking to broaden his portfolio, he moved to Hong Kong in 2012 and travelled across Asia to cover everything from elections in Taiwan for Anadolu Agency, cultural stories in China for the New York Times and El País, and financial news in Hong Kong for Bloomberg.

A stint working as a stringer for Agence France-Presse brought the chance to cover the 2014 “Umbrella” pro-democracy protests, and his first TIME Magazine cover. Since moving to Africa in 2016, Olleros has covered development stories including malaria prevention initiatives in Mali and malnutrition outbreak in Chad for Alima NGO, rural health systems in Ethiopia for the University of Michigan Foundation and Children mortality by malnutrition for MSF in Sierra Leone. More recently he has collaborated with the New York Times to reveal the extent of Senegal’s migration crisis in the country’s rural east, with Anadolu to cover The Gambia’s political crisis in 2017 and with AFP to feature the Bissau Carnival in the frame of an extremely unstable country in the West African region.

Developing his interest in video, Olleros has worked for Reuters TV and the BBC in Senegal and frequently shoots video for Bloomberg and Anadolu.

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Political Crisis and Transition - The...
Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
28 Mar 2018

A constitutional crisis in the Gambia started after the presidential elections on 1 December 2016, and ended with the outgoing president Yahya Jammeh being forced to step down in favour of his elected successor Adama Barrow on 21 January 2017, after resistance. Although long-serving incumbent President Yahya Jammeh initially accepted the surprising victory of Adama Barrow, he rejected the election results eight days later. Jammeh called for the election to be annulled and appealed to the Supreme Court. Troops were subsequently deployed in the capital Banjul and Serekunda. After ECOWAS delegates failed to persuade Jammeh to step down, a coalition of military forces from Senegal, Nigeria, and Ghana invaded the Gambia on 19 January 2017 to compel him to relinquish power. Two days later, Jammeh surrendered presidential duties in favour of Barrow and left the country to exile in Equatorial Guinea.

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Life among death
Manila
By Xaume Olleros
27 Mar 2018

The right to housing is recognized in a number of international human rights instruments. Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the right to housing as part of the right to an adequate standard of living. It states that: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control."

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Opened doors, opened minds
Yinqin
By Xaume Olleros
27 Mar 2018

Wild modernization experienced by China over the past three decades has brought the country an unprecedented wealth but also personal frustrations in an ultra-competitive society. Depression, a disease associated with developed countries is widespread along with other mental disorders as they increase steadily. In response, the government and civil society seek in a fragile psychiatrist community a more human way to deal with this growing problem. Vila Rosa is the first opened center for mental ill people. The results are way better that in the classic mental health hospitals.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
26 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 26: Gambia's President Adama Barrow arrives at Banjul International Airport after being sworn-in in neighbouring Senegal, on 26 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
26 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 26: Gambia's President Adama Barrow arrives at Banjul International Airport after being sworn-in in neighbouring Senegal, on 26 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
26 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 26: Gambia's President Adama Barrow arrives at Banjul International Airport after being sworn-in in neighbouring Senegal, on 26 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
26 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 26: A Gambian soldier holds national flags as Gambia's President Adama Barrow arrives at Banjul International Airport after being sworn-in in neighbouring Senegal, on 26 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
26 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 26: Gambia's President Adama Barrow arrives at Banjul International Airport after being sworn-in in neighbouring Senegal, on 26 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
26 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 26: Supporters of new president gather at the airport ahead of Gambia's President Adama Barrow arrival at Banjul International Airport after being sworn-in in neighbouring Senegal, on 26 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
26 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 26: Plane with Gambia's President Adama Barrow arrives at Banjul International Airport after being sworn-in in neighbouring Senegal, on 26 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
26 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 26: Gambia's President Adama Barrow arrives at Banjul International Airport after being sworn-in in neighbouring Senegal, on 26 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
26 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 26: Supporters of new president dance at the airport ahead of Gambia's President Adama Barrow arrival at Banjul International Airport after being sworn-in in neighbouring Senegal, on 26 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: Civilians wave Gambian flags in front of armoured ECOWAS vehicles as thety stand on the side of the route ahead of taking Banjul on 22 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: Civilians come back t Banjul by ferry after former president Jammeh left the country on 21 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: CIvilians celebrate ECOWAS forces as they enter Banjul on 22 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: A soldier looks his colleagues work on a military truck ahead of taking Banjul on 22 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: CIvilians greet ECOWAS forces as they enter Banjul on 22 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: A man on a bike rides past armoured ECOWAS vehicles as they stand on the side of the route ahead of taking Banjul on 22 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: People drop off from a ferry into Banjul as they come back to normal life after former president Jammeh left the country after 22 years in power, on January 22, 2017 in Banjul, Gambia. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: An ECOWAS soldier checks traffic ahead of entering Banjul on 22 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BARRA, GAMBIA - JAN 22: ECOWAS forces patrol Barra town opposite the capital Banjul on 22 January 2017 in Barra, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BARRA, GAMBIA - JAN 22: ECOWAS forces patrol Barra town opposite the capital Banjul on 22 January 2017 in Barra, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BARRA, GAMBIA - JAN 22: ECOWAS forces patrol Barra town opposite the capital Banjul on 22 January 2017 in Barra, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: People return to Banjul by ferry after the departure of former president Jammeh, on 21 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: People drop off from a ferry into Banjul as they come back to normal life after former president Jammeh left the country after 22 years in power, on January 22, 2017 in Banjul, Gambia. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
21 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 21: Gambia's Yaya Jammeh waves from the plane as he leaves Gambia on 21 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
21 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 20: Gambia's Yaya Jammeh leaves Gambia on 21 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
19 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 19: People celebrate on the streets the inauguration of new Gambia's president Adama Barrow at Westfield neighbourhood on January 19, 2017 in Banjul, Gambia. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
19 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 19: People celebrate on the streets the inauguration of new Gambia's president Adama Barrow at Westfield neighbourhood on January 19, 2017 in Banjul, Gambia. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
19 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 19: People celebrate the inauguration of new Gambia's president Adama Barrow in the streets of Banjul on January 19, 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
19 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 19: People celebrate on the streets the inauguration of new Gambia's president Adama Barrow at pipeline neighbourhood on January 19, 2017 in Banjul, Gambia. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
18 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 18: A tourist hugs a local man outside the Palma Rima hotel after the British Government changed the travel advise to amber due to the state of emergency issued by Gambian President Jammeh on January 18, 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Manila
By Xaume Olleros
30 Nov 2013

Daily life at Navotas cementery on November 30 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Manila
By Xaume Olleros
30 Nov 2013

Daily life at Navotas cementery on November 30 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Manila
By Xaume Olleros
01 Dec 2013

Daily life at Navotas cementery on December 1 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Manila
By Xaume Olleros
30 Nov 2013

Daily life at Navotas cementery on November 30 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Manila
By Xaume Olleros
30 Nov 2013

Daily life at Navotas cementery on November 30 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Manila
By Xaume Olleros
30 Nov 2013

Daily life at Navotas cementery on November 30 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Manila
By Xaume Olleros
30 Nov 2013

Daily life at Navotas cementery on November 30 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Manila
By Xaume Olleros
30 Nov 2013

Daily life at Navotas cementery on November 30 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Manila
By Xaume Olleros
30 Nov 2013

Daily life at Navotas cementery on November 30 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Manila
By Xaume Olleros
30 Nov 2013

Daily life at Navotas cementery on November 30 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Photo by Xaume Olleros

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Manila
By Xaume Olleros
30 Nov 2013

Daily life at Navotas cementery on November 30 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Photo by Xaume Olleros