Joan Alvado


Joan Alvado (Altea, 1979) is a photographer based in Barcelona since 2005. His work is based on the use of imagination as a tool to reinterpret the territory and transcend documentary representation.

Part of his work resides in public and private collections in Germany, the United States, Portugal, France and Spain. He has exhibited in spaces such as the Palau de la Virreïna (Barcelona), Fototeca de Cuba (La Habana), the Marion Center for Photographic Arts (San Diego, USA), Museum of Photography of the Antonio Pérez Foundation (Cuenca), Circulations festival (Paris), the Instituto Cervantes in Belgrade or the Michael Horbach Foundation, in Köln. His projects have been published in international media such as Newsweek, CNN, The Washington Post, El País, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Liberation, Fisheye, Burn Magazine, Leica Fotografie International (LFI), El País or La Repubblica, among others.

In 2021, Alvado was invited, by the Land art studio FAR021.3 and the municipality of Arcos de Valdevez, to carry out an artist residency in the north of Portugal. “Os Batismos da Meia-noite” is the resulting project, after several months studying how the isolation of a natural environment can shape the spiritual beliefs of its inhabitants from ancient times to the present day. In 2022, the project receives the Galician Prize for Contemporary Photography.