Maria Estandia is a visual artist, travel photographer and storyteller based between Mexico and the United States. She uses photography as a way of recognizing and exploring the effects of culture, tradition and migration on identity and community.
In 2013, Maria studied a branch of Anthropology called Multicultural Relations in the University of Las Americas Puebla. After graduation, she worked as a producer and director in the TV Channel TVUDLAP. Maria also directed a program in CINEPOLIS. In 2018, she studied photography and cinema in "El Centro de las Artes" in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and photography and editing in AAVI "Academia de Artes Visuales" in CDMX.
In 2019, Maria moved to Madrid to study photo documentary and photo reporting, and advance photo in EFTI. She was hired as a photojournalist the same year, and worked in Madrid until 2020 highlighting the beauty in Spanish identity and community. Maria returned to Merida, Mexico and worked with the artisans of the peninsula of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche hoping to give recognition to the incredible work they accomplish until 2022.
Maria is currently based in Laredo, Texas where she will begin an 8 month journey of solo travelling in the USA to document the beauty of American national parks and the experiences of a solo woman traveler.