Born in Altea in 1979, Joan Alvado is based in Barcelona since 2005.

His works have been published in media like Newsweek, 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 Muslims, Tropical 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 (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
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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 - Barcelona

Kurdish 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, 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, 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