Alberto del Hoyo

August 2, 2017 by Laura Gomez


Alberto del Hoyo is a spanish photographer based in the Canary Island. Holds a MBA from Instituto de Empresa Business School and is graduated by CEV Photography.

His own curiosity for different ways of living has brought him to unfamiliar tribal territories of Asia, South America and Africa searching for the distinctive beauty and variety of its people.

In 2015 founded “Pics for Pills”. Modest fundraising initiative with the only aim of collecting medicines and medical supplies for the Omo Valley people in Ethiopia. The protagonists of the photographs must be the main beneficiaries.

“To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye
and the heart”

Alberto del Hoyo
Photo lnterview:

Name: Alberto del Hoyo

Age: 38

Birthday: 10/06/1979

Last Collage: Master degree at Instituto de Empresa – IE

Colour: Range of greys. A huge world between Black & White

Book: “Le Petit Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Movie: Many! The last one that got me was the “Salt of the Earth”. “The outsider’s view” about Sebastião Salgado.

Food: Paella. I am a rice lover

Quote: “To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It’s a way of life.” – Henri Cartier – Bresson

Luxury Cars: I like the old ones, Triumph TR4

Luxury watch: I still prefer not to carry the pressure of the time on my wrist.

Cities: A life between Tenerife & Madrid.

Travels: Next stop, Iran & Papua New Guinea. But many still one the Agenda: South of Sudan, The Antarctic, Somalia, …

Sports: I am a hyperactive person so do any kind of sport is a must in my day as a therapy! Climbing, mountain running, …

Cars – Electric/autonomous: I will love it! But is to soon to have an electric car in the countryside of Tenerife! 🙂 In the mean time, my loved Range Rover.

Mobile App: Instagram

Drones: Nice view perspective, maybe one day

For how long have been in photography? My first serious photo report was in India at the age of 22, “Cromofragmentos del Ganges”.

How did you start? My father was a multidisciplinary person with many interests. So I found his old Nikon FM at home and I started to shoot pictures by my self, reading his technical books. I got immediately fascinated!

How would you define yourself as an artist? “Beauty hunter”. My photography tries to catch the pure beauty and dignity of the humans.

I guess that I also act a bit as a psychology, in order to create the perfect atmosphere and the connection with the people portrayed. Under these circumstances is when normally people decide to show their soul, when they decide to give me the pic I am looking for.

Where do you find inspiration? My influence is linked with my Curiosity about different ways of living in remotes tribal territories of Asia, South America and Africa. Searching for the distinctive beauty and variety of its people.

Why do you do photography? I would say that it is a sort of obligation. When you contemplate an instant of ephemeral beauty. You need to capture that magical moment. Share it. Show the rest of the world the beauty of heterogeneity, what differentiates us, what unites us. Protect the cultural identity of each corner of the earth under our globalization inertia.

Were you always interested in photography? I have been attracted by the photography since childhood. More that 25 years. OMG, just realized how old I am!

Who has been the greatest inspiration in your life today? My mother and her strengts. “Spanish mama” and her superheroes power to get the family status quo! 🙂

What was the defining moment that made you want to become an photographer? In 2011 I decided to quick my job career as a strategy consultant in Madrid. I wanted to be out of the inertia of a theoretically well recognized job and get the control of my life. Time flexibility vs money security.

Since that moment photography has a major role in my life.

Where is the last place you travelled? Just arrived from Indonesia 2 days ago!

Describe your best experience as photographer? The first experiences are the ones that have the greatest echo in my memory.

My first photo-tribal experience in Africa was in Namibia, and after spending 5 days alone sleeping in a bushman tribe we were attacked in the middle of the night by a herd of elephants wanting to steal the water from the village deposit.

I remember spending the night with a torch helping to drive them away and protect the water. The sound remained etched in my memory, but the felling of being one more in the tribe was just magical.

Is Brainstorming not the only creative method use to create new concepts? Of course brainstorming is an excellent method to get inspiration. Especially under a multi disciplinary artist atmosphere: Graffiti, classics painters, body sculptors, …

Nevertheless you need to be surrounded by people to push your limits out of the comfort area. I find that nice collaboration in my girlfriend, she always find some area in my work that can be improved.

Please could you tell us about photography and digital technology? I consider myself an old school photographer. I cannot count how many hours I have spent under the red light of the dark room!! But of course I have adapted to the digital area. I combine the two worlds nowadays.

I will say that the digital technology have brought numerous advantages, probably a new art discipline. But I think the analogic photography is like the university. First need to study the classics before jump into the modern art. Understand the light, temperature of the colors, grain, …

What type of camera do you use most? I use mostly two cameras. Canon Eos 1 DS & Hasselblad 501

What is your favorite lens? Canon EF 70 – 200mm f2,8. & Hasselblad Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm f2,8

Walk me through a day in your life….. I don´t have a proper daily routine, but normally, when not traveling, I Wake up early in the morning, around 7am, and solve all the issues relatives to the small boutique hotel I have opened 4 year a go in Tenerife.

After midday I work in the photographic book I am editing right now. Hope to finish it by the end of the month.

At the end of the day I normally try to find space to do some sport and chat with my girlfriend & friends.

What has been your biggest challenge in your life? Overcome the death of my father when I was 13 years old. Made me understand & accept that life is a path with ups and downs.I must confess that built my personality. In some how I tend to

Where do you feel most like yourself? Definitely at home in Tenerife. In the middle of a banana plantation surrounded by the views of the Atlantic ocean. I know, I know, … Sounds like a Lonely wolf! Hahahaha… But is a perfect place to get inspiration and works in my projects.

What for you is the most enjoyable part of your photography? Definitely what I like the most is all related to the experience in the tribe.

Find the perfect tribal village, not accessible for touristic excursions and its money influence. Meet the chief of the tribe, show him respect an ask for permission to sleep in the village, I why not, share some drinks with him. Normally I travel with a bottle of traditional Spanish liqueur “Anis del Mono”. 🙂

I never take the camera out of the bag until I feel the people have accepted me.

What countries have you been? Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, EEUU, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Lesotho, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Thailand, and most parts of Europe.

What’s the most important quality a photographer needs to have? At my experience I will say to be patient. Study the place, composition and the situation. Waiting for the perfect moment.

Who are the photographer’s you admire the most? I love the portraits of the “master” Avedon, the energy & histories of Cristina Garcia Rodero, the pure beauty of the Isabel Muñoz photo reports, of course the clean compositions of Kenna, …

But the photographer I admire the most is Fernando Falero. An old collaborator of the National Geographic magazine and my mentor. He touch me the importance of understanding the history behind the scene and the respect to the portrayed protagonist. Rest In Peace.

What about architects and designers? Well, I must to! 🙂 Nowadays I combine my photo easies with a project of a boutique hotel in the North coast of Tenerife, called Hacienda Cuatro Ventanas. Really influenced by contemporary landscapes designers.

What are your next projects? Right know I am working in a photographic book called “Mystic Valley”, part of the project “Pics for Pills”.

It is a modest fundraising initiative with the only aim collecting money to invest in medicines and medical supplies for the Omo Valley people in Ethiopia. The protagonists of the photographs must be the main beneficiaries.

Define KLASSIK MAGAZINE for the audience? An incredible platform that have brilliantly adapted to the new channels of diffusion. With exquisite content and a sense of respect for the work of multicultural artists with the focus on the author.

Alberto del Hoyo

Instagram: @AlbertodelHoyo