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FONTCUBERTA, Joan

FontcubertaBorn in 1955 in Barcelona.

Lives and works in Spain.


In addition to his photography-oriented visual art work, Joan Fontcuberta, has embraced such varied activities as teacher, critic, exhibition curator and historian.

He has been a guest lecturer in several art centres and universities in Europe and the United States: Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Harvard, University of Wales and Le Fresnoy in France.He regularly contributes to art and graphics publications. In 1980 he co-founded the English/Spanish bilingual magazine Photovision where he remained editor in chief until 2004.

As an instigator and promoter of numerous photographic events, he co-founded in 1982 the Primavera Fotográfica in Barcelona. In 1996 Joan Fontcuberta was appointed art director for the Rencontres d’Arles.In 2008 he became president of the Association d’Artistes Visuels de la Catalogne (Society of Catalonia artists).

“De Facto”, a retrospective of his creative work has recently been presented by La Virreina, Centre de la Imatge, in Barcelona, along with publication of the monograph Le Livre des merveilles (The Book of Wonders).



Joan Fontcuberta and the Rencontres d’Arles: 

In 2004, Joan Fontcuberta was nominator for the Awards of the Rencontres d’Arles, as well as in 2009 where he nominated Magda Stanova (In the shadow of photography) for the Discovery Award.

In 2005, he presented his work at the Cloître Saint-Trophime with his series Miracles & Co and in 2009 at the Atelier des Forges with Blow up blow up.

In 2011, Joan Fontcuberta was co-curator of the collective exhibition From Here On at the Atelier de Mécanique.