Milagros de la Torre is an influential Latin American contemporary artist and photographer. She studied Communication Sciences at the University of Lima and received a B.A. (Hons) in Photography from the London College of Printing. Her first solo exhibition was presented at the Palais de Tokyo, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, as part of the Under the Black Sun project. She received the Rockefeller Foundation Artist Grant in 1995 and was awarded the Romeo Martinez Photography Prize and the Young Iberoamerican Creators Prize for her series The Lost Steps. She received the Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts, Photography in 2011.

Her work is part of private and public collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois;  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; El Museo del Barrio, New York; Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Yale University, New York; F.N.A.C., Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Essex Collection of Art from Latin America, Colchester, U.K.; Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina among others. An important monograph, which will gather some of her most striking and compelling work, designed by Toluca Editions, will be published by RM Editorial, Mexico/Barcelona, in 2012, with text by Marta Gili, Director of the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris. De la Torre now lives and works in New York.