Cris Toala Olivares



Ecuadorian born Cris Toala Olivares (’82) moved to the Netherlands at the age of 18 to study medicine. During a volunteer job at a hospital in Gaza, he discovered the power of photography. By taking a portrait of a young patient, he was able to give a voice to this boy no one seemed to care about. Since then Toala Olivares has been working for news press agency Reuters and travels around the world to tell stories of people without a voice. These stories won him several international photography awards. Nowadays Toala Olivares works as an independent photographer for internationally renowned magazines such as Geo and National Geographic. This has enabled him to not only shoot the stories that touch him, but to take the time to dig into the subject deeper.

  • ICELAND FROM THE AIR The Maelifell volcano on the edge of the Myrdalsjökull glacier, Iceland In the south of the island, this volcanic cone made up of ashes and projections of solidified lava was created by one of the numerous eruptions that occurred beneath the ice of the Myrdalsjökull glacier. The Maelifell volcano emerged from the retreating glacier about 10.000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age and is now bathed by the torrents flowing from the melting glacier. Its perfect cone which stands 656 feet (200 meters) above the plain is covered with grimmia, a moss that grows on lava that has cooled down and changes color, from silvery grey to bright green, depending on the soil’s humidity. This moss is one of the few plants that have been able to grow on Iceland’s territory. It is indeed characterized by a certain botanical poverty with less than 1.300 vegetal species (including 500 species of moss). Only 40 percent of land is covered with permanent vegetation.
  • ICELAND FROM THE AIR The Pocked, moss – covered landscape of Eldhraun sorrounds the long Laki fissure in the hihglands of Iceland. This is where the gigantic lava streams from the volcanic eruption of 1783 spread and cooled in places where the glowing molten mass caused the groundwater to suddenly evaporate, explosions took place ans small cráter openend up close to each other.