Ruth Prieto Arenas was born and raised in Mexico City. She studied Communications and worked as a juniour account executive in visual media. She was an intern in the cultural research department at Magnum photos in New York in 2011. Ruth graduated from the program in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the International Center of Photography in 2012.

During 2013 she was selected to be part of Magnum´s Foundation Fellowship  program to continue her project about inmigration. She was shortlisted for the Joop Swart Masterclass and Athens Foto Festival. Her work has been exhibited in the US, Mexico, Europe and Asia.

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


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

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

2015, LH Horton Jr Gallery San Joaquin Delta College, Delta Center for the Arts, Stockton, California, USA.

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. 


PHE15, Latinamerican Photography, PhotoEspaña,2015.

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.

 “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


Photographic Museum of Humanity, selected member representant fo México, 2014.

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.