Elisa Bernal (Barcelona, 1992). I am a Spanish photojournalist, documentary photographer and journalist, and am currently based in Israel. I have worked in Palestine, Israel, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia and Greece. Some of my work has been published at newspapers and magazines such as VICE, La Vanguardia, Ekstra Bladet and FronteraD.
I became interested in Journalism and Photography at the age of 16, while working for a NGO in the rural department of Madriz with Nicaraguan families (2008). As a self-taught photographer, I started to work on the field in 2014 in what would become a long-term project in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a freelance, I covered the 19th Srebrenica genocide commemoration and travelled to the country several times to photograph and write articles about some of the causes and consequences of the Bosnian war.
Meanwhile, I got my Bachelor's Degree in Journalism at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2014. I also studied a Degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the International School of Photography GrisArt with the photographer, editor and teacher Rafael Badia. My final photographic project was focused on the autoimmune disease Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.
My work in Bosnia and Herzegovina made me won a scholarship which is offered by the government of Catalonia that allowed me to start working in September 2015 as a photojournalist and editor at the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia (Barcelona) for one year. I combined my job as a local photojournalist with freelance photographic and journalistic projects abroad, and also with my studies of Arabic.
In October 2016, I moved to Tel Aviv. I am currently studying a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies at the Tel Aviv University, and keep working as a freelance journalist and photographer, now based in Israel.