Born in Altea in 1979, Joan Alvado has lived in Barcelona since 2005.

His works have been published in media like Newsweek, The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Der Spiegel, Polka, El Pais, LA Reppublica, Hurriyet, VICE, Descobrir Catalunya, 7K magazine, Huffington Post, Voima or Le Point, among others. Part of his work has been exhibited in several events and photo festivals in Spain, Cuba, Turkey, France, Slovenia or Italy. Since 2013, he collaborates with the collective of turkish photographers NAR Photos. His archive is distributed by agencies like AFP, Getty Images, Laif or Luz Photo.

In 2015, his project "School of Shepherds" receives the "Lens Culture Emerging Talent Award", and is selected for the "Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña" program. In 2016, his project "Cuban Muslims" wins the "New FNAC Photography Talent" award in Spain.


Awards and Exhibitions

2017

Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith - 3rd prize CENTER Choice Awards.

Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith - Finalist Kolga Photo Awards (Kolga Tbilisi Festival)

Cuban MuslimsTropical Faith - Honorable Mention in FotoVisura Photography Grant 2017
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School of Shepherds - Finalist SantanderPhoto Multimedia contest.


Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith
PhotoWalk Astoria Festival
New York (USA)

Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith
Galeria Minerva - PhotoRomania Festival
Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith
Marion Center for Photographic Arts
San Diego (USA)

Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith
FNAC Sevilla gallery  
Sevilla

Kurdish Women: Inside, Outside
Central Library Santa Coloma
Barcelona

Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith
FNAC València gallery - Photon Festival 
València

OJALÁ, Stories of Hispanic Islam (Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith + Daughters of Al-Andalus)
ISOLAB  
Venice (Italy)

Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith
FNAC Donostia gallery  
Donostia

School of Shepherds
MISTOS - PhotoAlicante Festival
Alacant

Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith
FNAC Madrid gallery  
Madrid

2016

Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith - Winner FNAC New Photography Talent Award.

Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith - Finalist DST Emergentes Prize (Encontros da Imagen Braga Festival)

Cuban MuslimsTropical Faith - Honorable Mention in FotoVisura Photography Grant 2016
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Cuban MuslimsTropical Faith - Honorable Mention in IPA International Photography Awards

Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith
FNAC Barcelona gallery  
Barcelona

Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith
FNAC Murcia gallery  
Murcia (Spain)

Intersecciones
Noviembre Fotográfico Festival 
La Habana (Cuba)

School of Shepherds
PICURT - Mountain Cinema Festival 
La Seu d'Urgell (Pyrenees)

School of Shepherds
Sestao Photo Festival 
Sestao (Basque Country, Spain)

2015

School of Shepherds - Lens Culture Emerging Talent Award 2015

School of Shepherds - Selected for Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña 2015 program

Cuba, Seeds of Autonomy
Michael Horbach Stiftung Gallery
Köln (Germany)

School of Shepherds
Photogenic Festival 
Barcelona

School of Shepherds
Fotonoviembre International Photography Biennal 
Tenerife

Lens Culture Emerging Talent Award 2015 (School of Shepherds)
SF Camera Work gallery
San Francisco (USA)

School of Shepherds
Sala Cava Can Basté
Barcelona

Kurdish Women
Sant Cugat
Barcelona

2014

School of Shepherds
DOCFIELD Documentary Photography Festival
Barcelona.

School of Shepherds - Honorable Mention IPA, International Photo Awards

Kurdish Women
Sala Cava Can Basté
Barcelona.

Kurdish Women, Inside, Outside
Noviembre Fotográfico Festival
La Habana, Cuba.

School of Shepherds
Noviembre Fotográfico Festival
La Habana, Cuba.

The Lab - Collective
Objectiu Bcn, Virreïna centre de la Imatge
Barcelona.

2013

Crisogen Chronicles
Bienal Internacional de Fotografía Fotonoviembre
Tenerife.

2012

Kurdish Women
Fórum fotogràfic Can Basté
Barcelona

The last days of Sulukule
FotografEvi
Istanbul, Turkey

The last days of Sulukule
International Gypsy Fest
Slovenia

2011

Ecuatorians al Turó- Collective.
Fòrum fotogràfic Can Basté
Barcelona

The last days of Sulukule
Palau de les Arts
Altea

The last days of Sulukule
Sala Cava Can Basté
Barcelona

The last days of Sulukule
III Seminario Internacional Rroma
València

The last days of Sulukule
Festival Outono fotografico
A Coruña

2010

Vist a Barcelona- Collective.
Fòrum fotogràfic Can Basté
Barcelona

Ecuatorians al Turó- Collective.
Fòrum fotogràfic Can Basté
Barcelona

2009

Vist a Barcelona- Collective.
Can Basté
Barcelona

Bon Pastor, silenced existence
Outono fotográfico Photo Festival
Ourense

Kurdish Women
VISA Pour l’image
Perpinyà.

2007

Bon Pastor, silenced existence
Sonimag International Photo Meeting
Fira de Barcelona