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    Joan Alvado

  • Location: Barcelona
    Nationality: Catalan
    Biography: Born in Altea in 1979, Joan Alvado has lived in Barcelona since 2005. His works have been published in media like The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, El Pais, Hurriyet, VICE, Descobrir Catalunya, 7K magazine,... read on

Participating in the 2nd Utopia Photo Market (Barcelona)

Friday, March 24, 2017 | News

This weekend I will be participating in the 2nd edition of Utopia Photo Market, in Barcelona. Utopia is a new initiative, born last year, that tries to create a direct meeting point between photographers and many different layer of public.

The first edition was huge succes that allowed many of us to sell copies of our work and expand the network... and so is exciting that the new Utopia opportunity is here!

24, 25 and 26 of March in Barcelona. 

"Cuban Muslims" exhibition in Donostia

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | News

This week I will be in Donostia (Basque Country) for the opening of the "Cuban Muslims - Tropical Faith" exhibition in the FNAC gallery of the city. 

The exhibition is part of the "Cinema and Human Rights Festival" program of this year. So the director of the Festival, Josemi Beltrán, and the photographer Gari Garaialde, from Bostok Photo.

Looking forward to it!

"School of Shepherds" exhibition in PHOTOALICANTE festival.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | News

The "School of Shepherds" project is being exhibited this year in Alacant city as a part of the current PHOTOALICANTE edition. The exhibition is already opened, and will go on until the next 20th of April.

PhotoAlicante is probably the closest photo festival to my hometown, so it makes it kind of special to bring the exhibition there. 

Check out the rest of their program: http://www.photoalicante.com


"Les Coquitos Havanais de Mirta" for Polka Magazine.

Friday, February 10, 2017 | News

Here is a small assignment I did in La Habana last November for Polka Magazine about Cuban kitchen. Short piece, but it was really fun to do it. And as simple as sharing one of my favourites Cuban sweets with the French audience :)


"Cuban Muslims" exhibition has opened now in Madrid.

Friday, January 27, 2017 | News

The exhibition associated to the "Cuban Muslims" project continues its tour through FNAC galleries in Spain, and now it has arrived to Madrid. We did a warm opening event last thursday, where I counted with the collaboration of Lutxo Perez and Roberto Villalòn to help me to introduce the project. 

"Cuban Muslims" can be visited in FNAC Callao until the next 5th of March. Don't miss it if you are around Madrid these weeks!

"Cuban Muslims" published in Newsweek magazine

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | News

"Cuban Muslims" has reached this month the pages of Newsweek magazine! And I'd say is looking good. I feel very pleased with the great graphic treatment, as well as with the piece written by Lucy Westcott.

And of course very satisfied with what this publication means in terms of exposure of the project. 

Newsweek also dedicated a gallery online to the work, that can be seen in the following link: 



"By the Valencians roads of the Snow" - Assignment for Descobrir Magazine

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | News

Descobrint Catalunya magazine features this month an assignment I shot last winter for them: a journey through the Valencian landscapes and roads used by the Valencian workers of the now extinct snow Industry. 

I did the assignment in collaboration with the Valencian literary author Paco Esteve... such a nice piece he wrote! And I am very satisfied on how is looking in the graphic side too.

"Cuban Muslims" exhibition in Barcelona.

Thursday, December 29, 2016 | News

"Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith" exhibition is now landing in Barcelona. The work can be seen in the gallery of FNAC Triangle Cultural Center, in Plaça Catalunya, from the 14th of december till the next 10th of January. 

We held a great opening last 14th of December. With Rafa Badia and Pablo Pérez presenting the photographic work, followed by a small party. There was a great assistance, so I feel very grateful for the warm welcome the project has received in Barcelona. 

"Cuban Muslims" exhibition in FNAC Murcia gallery.

Friday, December 2, 2016 | News

"Cuban Muslims, Tropical Faith" started already its tour along FNAC galleries in Spain, as a part of the FNAC's New Photography Talent award.

During october and November, the exhibition was held in Murcia city, including a super nice presentation event that I had the pleasure to share with Mónica Lozano, member of the award jury. Great experience, and I am very happy to see the project in exhibition format for the first time!

"Intersecciones" exhibition in Noviembre Fotográfico Festival (La Habana)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | News

This year I participate with an exhibition in the Noviembre Fotográfico Festival, organized by the Fototeca de Cuba institution. I already joined this festival in 2014, and I it feels always good to be part of it. 

The exhibition is called "Intersecciones", is a path through 7 of my works and can be seen until the end of November in Sala de La Diversidad (C/Amargura 60, Habana Vieja).

 Do not miss Noviembre Fotográfico if you are in Cuba this month!

"Cuban Muslims", selected between the finalists in the Emergents DST Award of Encontros da Imagen (Braga, Portugal)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | News

"Cuban Muslims" have been selected as one of the finalists of the Emergentes DST International Photography Award of the Encontros da Imagem festival in Braga, Portugal. The prize went to Sonja Hamad for a wonderful project about the Kurdish women who are fighters in Rojava.

Very satisfied to see the project listed among so many wonderful works. Is the best fuel before coming back to Cuba in October, to continue working on this series.

"Cuban Muslims", selected for the Encontros da Imagem - Emergentes DST program

Monday, September 19, 2016 | News

The "Cuban Muslims" series have been selected to join the Emergentes DST program of the Encontros da Imagem festival in Braga, Portugal. And so, this week I will be leading to Braga to attend this fantastic festival!

Great opportunity to continue giving visibility to the project, and I am looking forward to enjoy the days in the Encontros da Imagem festival. 

Photo residence and new project in Crete (Greece)

Monday, August 29, 2016 | News

I have spent the last two weeks in Crete (GR),where I was invited to join the Photo Residence of theThalori Village project. 

In there, I was working in creating archive related to the Psiloritis mountains and its area, under the artistic direction of Maria Choulaki. The residence will continue in the coming months, and I sense this can end up in a new personal project... will be back to Crete soon to continue working on it... Work in Progress.


"School of Shepherds" featured in "El Mundo de los Pirineos" magazine

Thursday, July 14, 2016 | News

"El Mundo de los Pirineos" magazine (Spain) features this month a large article about the experience of the School of Shepherds project. 10 pages including a river interview with its coordinator, Vanesa Freixa, a a wide serie of photos from my "School of Shepherds" essay. Happy to continue enhancing the exposure of the project!

"School of Shepherds" exhibition inside the PICURT Cinema Festival 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016 | News

"School of Shepherds" is being exhibited these days in La Seu d'Urgell (Catalan Pyrenees), as a parallel activity inside PICURT 2016, the so-called "festival of Mountain Cinema from the Pyrenees". My first time exhibiting photos in a cinema festival, so I take it as a new experience... a nice one!

"School of Shepherds" in Utopia Photo Market (Barcelona)

Friday, June 10, 2016 | News

The weekend of 10, 11 and 12th of june I will be participating in the Utopia Photo Market of Barcelona. Utopia is a new initiative aiming to promote and reinforce a photography collecting market in Barcelona. More than 70 photographers will be part of this first edition, and I will participate by selling a limited edition of copies from the "School of Shepherds" series.

"Cuban Muslims" wins the FNAC's New Photography Talent prize

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | News

My new project, "Cuban Muslims", has won the FNAC's New Photography Talent 2016. The prize includes economic help, to continue working on the project, and the production of an exhibition that will visit in six cities in Spain in the next year.

Really so happy and excited about the coming steps of the project!

"School of Shepherds" in Sestao Photo festival

Monday, May 9, 2016 | News

The project "School of Shepherds" was part of the Sestao Photo Festival 2016. It was screened last 7th of may in Sestao (Basque Country), inside the program of the festival. 

This screening "forced" us to finally create an audiovisual piece for the project, and I'm very happy with the final result, edited with the great help of David Suñol (www.memoriaselectiva.com)

Soon we'll post it online. 

"Seeds for the Autonomy" published in El Pais / Planeta Futuro

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | News

El Pais - Planeta Futuro just published this week "Seeds for the Autonomy", a large photo gallery online with a story I did in 2014 about Cuban Agriculture and its struggle to increase productivity. Ecologic production, sustainability, urban gardens and more as a path to advance towards Food Security.

Very happy with how the final piece is looking. A lot of archive was not online before, so good time to have a look, if you are interested. 

The gallery online: 

New project, "Cuban Muslims", published in CNN Photo

Monday, April 18, 2016 | News

CNN just published last week a wide edition of my new ongoing project, "Cuban Muslims", a story about the young and vibrant muslim community of Cuba.

Very happy with how the final piece is looking, and the high exposure received in just a week since its publication. Very grateful to the CNN photo editors, Benazir Wehelie for the article, and to Visura team for the support and for creating the network conditions to make it happen. 

The article online in:

The Lab, featured in Huffington Post Spain

Thursday, April 7, 2016 | News

The Lab @Huffington Post.

The Huffington Post have published recently a gallery featuring the work I did about Blocks occupied by families as an alternative to massive evictions and housing crisis in Spain. Nice that the story is still getting exposure and moving around.

The gallery is online here:

New exhibition in November in Köln, Germany

Friday, November 6, 2015 | News

A first draft of the work I did in Cuba in 2014 will be exhibited this November in Köln, Germany.

The work is part of a wider curated exhibition, "Cuba im Blick" including the works "San Lázaro Cult", by Pep Bonet, and "Colimadores", a collective exhibition with Cuban photographers like Raúl Cañibano, René Peña, Alfredo Sarabia... I will participate with "Seeds of Autonomy" a work about ecological agriculture as a path towards food security in Cuba.

I feel honoured to be exhibited among so many great photographers. The exhibition can be seen between 08.11.2015 and 30.12.2015 in the Michael Horbach Foundation, in the Michael Horbach Stiftung gallery.

"School of Shepherds" featured in the Washington Post InSight blog

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | News

The Washington Post InSight blog has published recently a wide edition of the "School of Shepherds" project. Very happy and satisfied about it.

You can have a look to the gallery in the following link: 


"School of Shepherds", selected in Photogenic Festival (Barcelona)

Monday, September 28, 2015 | Exhibitions

"School of Shepherds" will be exhibited again in Barcelona next october, as a part of the Photogenic Festival program. Photogenic is a new festival in its first edition, bringing together several exhibitions, speech, workshops and other activities.

Very satisfied to be part of the initiative. 

"School of Shepherds" now in the LensCulture Emerging Talent 2015 exhibition (SF CameraWork gallery)

Sunday, August 30, 2015 | Awards & Features

The "School of Shepherds" project is part of the collective exhibition Lens Culture organized with the projects from all the winners of the Emerging Talent 2015.

The exhibition just opened last friday, and can be seen now in the San Francisco Camerawork gallery.

Very honoured to be part of it!

"School of Shepherds", awarded in the LensCulture Emerging Talent 2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | News

I'm very happy to share that the project "School of Shepherds" have been selected within the Top works in the LensCulture Emerging Talent 2015 competition.

A collective exhibition with all the selected works will be opened next 28th of August in the San Francisco CameraWork gallery. 

Have a look to all the awarded projects:

"The Lab", revisited in a feature for VICE.COM

Monday, July 20, 2015 | News

I have been working recently in a short feature for VICE Spain which is now released.

La Bordeta is an occupied building in Barcelona to rehouse seven families that were previously evicted from their home. The current work is a continuation of my previous series "The Lab" (2013) about collective occupations as an alternative to housing evictions, that can be seen in my website.

View the new gallery in VICE: here

Interview in the World Photography Organisation blog

Monday, July 13, 2015 | News

The Sony WPO (World Photography Organisation) blog just released an interview where we speak review a bit of what have been my photographic work in the last years.

I feel happy with the result, and very grateful for the opportunity to spread the work WPO represents.

You can read the interview online here:


The Lab featured in Napoli Monitor (It)

Monday, June 29, 2015 | News

"The Lab", a photo story about families performing collective occupation of buildings as a response to Spanish housing crisis, have been published as a gallery in the italian magazine Napoli Monitor.

The gallery online here:


"School of Shepherds" presented in PhotoEspaña 2015

Monday, June 8, 2015 | News

Last week I joined the portfolio review's week of Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña 2015 with the "School of Shepherds" series.

Glad for having the opportunity of presenting the work to international editors and curators. And for meeting so many colleagues who were presenting great projects there.

PHE 2015 have been a great experience.

"School of Shepherds" has been selected for PHOTOESPAÑA Discoveries week

Monday, March 30, 2015 | News

I'm very happy to share that the "School of Shepherds" series have been selected to participate in the Discoveries Week of PhotoEspaña festival. 

Have a look to the whole series in the following link:


www.joanalvado.com is on air!

Thursday, March 19, 2015 | News

New website is ready. An update of the photo stories I have produced in the last years was necessary and now is achieved. Thanks to the FV platform and the great support I received from Adriana and Graham, the Fotovisura team.

Have a look to it:


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