Ruth was born and raised in Mexico City where she studied Communications. She moved to New York City to pursue her studies in Photography. She did an internship in the cultural research department at Magnum photos. She graduated from the program in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the International Center of Photography in 2012 in New York. 

Her distinctive approach earned her a fellowship at the prestigious Magnum´s Foundation to continue her long-term project "Safe Heaven" about Mexican immigration to the USA. She was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass, shortlisted in the Lucie Foundation Emerging Scholarship, the Athens Foto Festival, and earned Fotovisura Spotlight Grant Honorable Mention. Her work has been exhibited in New York, France, Spain, and China.

She has published her work at New York Times Lens blog, Burn Magazine, Ojo de Pez, Lat Photo Magazine, Univision, among others. She was featured in the article “9 Mexican Photographers you need to follow” in TIME magazine.

Ruth is currently based in Berlin and Mexico City.


2018, Based in Berlin, Germany  / half year in Mexico

2013, Freelance photographer

2011- 2012 , Documentary and Photojournalism Certificate at  the International Center of Photography, NY

2010, Moved to New York City

2007-2009, Photography studies at the EAF Mexico City

2006 - 2007, Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University, Sydney

2003 - 2007, Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies, Mexico City

2002, Halifax, Canada 

1983, born  in Mexico City


2011 - 2012        Documentary Certificate at the International Center of Photography, NY.

2007 - 2009    Photography Escuela Activa de Fotografía Mexico City

2006 - 2007    Bachelor of Arts at Macquarie University, Sydney

2003 - 2007   Bachelor of Arts in Communication 


2023, “Essential Work”, Berman Museum, Philadelphia, USA.

2023, IN WAVES womenincovid, Bremerhaven, Bremen, Germany. 

2022, IN WAVES womenincovid, Stadt Bremen, Bremen, Germany. 

2022, IN WAVES womenincovid, Goethe Institut Estonia /Tallinn, Estonia. 

2022, IN WAVES womenincovid, KulturBäckerei, Lueneburg, Germany.

2021, IN WAVES womenincovid, Köpenicker Str. 70 /Berlin, GER

2016, Women In Photography,” Objectifs gallery in Singapore from October 19 - November 20. 

2016, Trama Centroamericana, Casa América Catalunya, Barcelona, España. 

2015, “Border Identity” LH Horton Jr Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Delta Center for the Arts, Stockton, California, USA, November 19 - December 11. 

2015, Trama Centroamericana, PhotoEspaña, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, España. 

2014,  Miradas: Contemporary Mexican Photographers, Bronx Documentary Center,New York. 

2014, Photography nights, “Le Blue du Ciel”, Lyon, France. 

2013,  China Pingyao International Photo Festival Group Exhibition, China. 

2013, "Safe Heaven" , New America Foundation, Soho, New York, NY.

2013, "La Ruta", “Safe heaven”,  IBEW Local 3 Headquarters, Flushing, New York, NY. 

2013, "La Ruta" , Safe heaven”,The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, New York, NY.  

2013, "La Ruta", Safe heaven”, Magnum Foundation, UFT Bronx Borough Office, New York, NY.  

2012, "Occupy", International Center of Photography, Governors Island, New York, NY.  

2012 "My Truth, Your truth", International Center of Photography, New York, NY.  

2012 "We are Champions", Lazarus Gallery, United Hebrews of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, New York.


Dior Magazine, “From Mexico to Dior”, Mexican Photographers. Winter issue, 2018.

PHE15, Latinamerican Photography, PhotoEspaña,2015. Spain.

Gerardo Montiel Klint, “Una fotografía que quema” (Photography that burns”). Tierra Adentro, no. 208, October 2015, México. 

Univisión Noticias, “Mujeres que tienen un Cielo Seguro”, 15 October, 2015. Spain 

 “Le donne venute dal passato”,Visual Storytelling, Marla Rivista, no.4, printed 2014. Italy. 

In Color, the Waitresses in a Restaurant for Lonely Men, New York Times Lens Blog, May, 2013.  

Safe Heaven (Cielo Seguro), Burn Magazine, publicado el May, 2013. 

Lat Magazine, Safe Heaven, “Sangre”,2013. 

Ojo de Pez, España,  Portfolios, Relative Normative, no.33, printed 2013. 

New York Photo Stories, International Center of Photography and Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin, february,  2013. 

Order, Disorder, Shift Book, vol. 7, International Center of Photography, NY, June, 2012. 

Cuando quiere llorar no llora. Revista Picnic, para mentes insaciables, (Junio, 2010)

Macula Fanzine . Julio 2010. 

Publicación en Antología Poética “Hasta Agotar la Existencia III”. Editorial Resitencia, 2007. 

Tloque Nahuaque. Poesía, 2001


Athens Foto Festival, 2012, Shortlisted. 

Emergency Fund Fellowship 2013, Magnum Foundation.

Nominated for Joop Swart Masterclass 2013. 

Fotovisura Spotlight Grant Honorable Mention , 2013. 

Lucie Foundation Emerging Scholarship Shortlisted , 2013.

New York Times Portfolio Review 2013

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