Joan Alvado (Altea, 1979) is a photographer living in Barcelona since 2005. His work focuses on long-term projects with an anthropological approach about nature and its relationship with the faith of man throughout various layers of history.

His work resides in public and private collections in Germany, the United States or Spain. His projects have been exhibited in galleries and photography festivals in several countries, and have been published in international media such as Newsweek, CNN, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Burn Magazine, Leica Fotografie International (LFI), El País, La Repubblica, Polka or Fisheye, among others.

His project "Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith" won the “New FNAC Photography Talent” award in 2016. The work “Escola de Pastors” receives the Lens Culture Emerging Talent Award and has been published as a photobook by Pol·len Edicions. Recently, Alvado has released the short film “La Pastora”, based on “Escola de Pastors” and co-directed with New York filmmaker David Sampliner.

Since 2018, he has been working on “The Last Man on Earth”, an essay on the relationship between nature and extreme depopulation. The project has been published in various international media and has been exhibited at the Circulations (Paris), Verzasca (Switzerland) festivals and the Marisa Marimón art gallery.

Awards and Exhibitions

2020


Muma Paduri
 - Finalist Premio Galicia Fotografia Contemporanea.
The Last Man on Earth - Finalist Kolga Tblisi Awards.

The Last Man on Earth - Festival Circulations, Paris.
The Last Man on Earth - Art Gallery Marisa Marimón.
Of Men and Woods - collective, Verzasca Foto Festival.
Invisibles del gènere - collective, Open Society Foundation, Barcelona.

2019

The Last Man on Earth - Finalist Premio Galicia Fotografia Contemporanea.
The Last Man on Earth - Honorable mention POY Latam.

Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith - Belgrade Photomonth Festival
The Last Man on Earth - FNAC Donostia.
Esmeray - Cicle expositiu Joan Gomis, Santa Coloma.
Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith - Michael Horbach Foundation, Cologne.

2018
Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith - Shortlisted Gomma Grant.
Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith - Grant Albarracin Photography Seminar.

2017

Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith - 3rd prize CENTER Choice Awards.
Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith - Finalist Kolga Photo Awards (Kolga Tbilisi Festival)
Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith - Honorable Mention in FotoVisura Photography Grant 2017.
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 (Spain)
Kurdish Women: Inside, Outside - Central Library Santa Coloma - Barcelona
Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith - 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 - 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 Muslims, Tropical Faith - Honorable Mention in FotoVisura Photography Grant 2016.
Cuban Muslims, Tropical 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 (EH)

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 - BarcelonaKurdish Women - Sant Cugat - Barcelona

2014

School of Shepherds - Honorable Mention IPA, International Photo Awards

School of Shepherds - DOCFIELD Festival - Barcelona.
Kurdish Women - Sala Cava Can Basté - Barcelona.
Kurdish Women, Inside, Outside - Noviembre Fotográfico Festival - La Habana.
School of Shepherds - Noviembre Fotográfico Festival - La Habana.
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, l'existència silenciada - Outono fotográfico Photo Festival - Ourense
Kurdish Women: Inside, Outside - VISA OFF - Perpinyà.

2007

Bon Pastor, silenced existence - Sonimag International Photo Meeting - Barcelona

Joan Alvado Photography

Joan Alvado is a documentary photographer based in Barcelona. His works have been published in Newsweek, NYT, CNN, The Washington Post, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Der Spiegel, El Pais, LA Reppublica, VICE, among others.
Website via Visura

Joan Alvado Photography is integrated to:
Visura site builder, a tool to grow your photography business
Visura's network for visual storytellers and journalists
A photography & film archive by Visura
Photography grants, open calls, and contests
A newsfeed for visual storytellers