The death of her father in 2008 led Mara Catalan on a journey through forgotten photo archives as she longed to remember the place that felt most like “home”. This personal odyssey is depicted through Williamsburg: A Place I Once Called Home. Catalan’s coming of age story about a young Spanish immigrant arriving in Williamsburg as a stranger and becoming part of its history, is a story of discovery, love, loss, and friendship. Through the extensive collection of black and white archival photographs, personal letters, and diary entries, Catalan brings back to light the Williamsburg (Brooklyn) of the 1990’s that once belonged to her.
Mara Catalán – Biography
Mara Catalán was born in Madrid in 1967. After studying history and geography at the University Complutense of Madrid, Mara worked as a Photography Studio Assistant to Javier Vallonhrat.
She moved to New York in 1990 and apprenticed as a dark room technician with Gar Lillard at Lab One while working as a photographer and pursuing her own personal projects.
In 1997 Mara returned to New York to work for Magnum Photos after two years in Chiapas, Mexico photographing the daily life of the Zapatistas.
Today, she lives in Williamsburg, NY, with her three children Luna, Kidon, and Arlo. Mara continues to work as a photographer, publishing in magazines and books and showing her work internationally.