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Santa Coloma de Gramenet, 1979. Photographer for The New York Times. In 2012 he was awarded the World Press Photo prize. He has worked for several international media, including Time, Stern and AFP, amongst others. His work has been shown at the Cervantes Institute in New York, in Visa Pour L’Image, at the Telefònica Foundation in Chile, the Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB), the Villa Suso Palace (Vitoria-Gasteiz) and (at present) La Virreina, Centre for the Imatge (Barcelona), amongst other centres. He has photographed the Arab Spring, the crisis in Spain, the tragedy of irregular immigration in Europe and the conflicts in Iraq, between Palestine and Israel, the Lebanon and Libya, amongst others. He currently lives in Catalonia.

Project curator
He presents technical sessions at the civic centres of Pati Llimona, Can Deu, Besòs, Can Basté and Guinardó
He leads the practical sessions at the civic centres of Albareda and Besòs


OBJECTIVE►BCN consists in four master classes open to the public, which will be offered in Barcelona’s Museu del Disseny (Pl. de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38). Paraphrasing Navia, whose voice inaugurates this cycle of talks: “First and foremost, we want these gatherings to be a stimulus, as well as a provocation. We would like to devote a little time to speaking about photography, just that, nothing else. About good photography. Above all about something as simple and at the same time as complex – and as impersonal – as true photography. The kind that depends solely on the photographer’s knowledge of his or her trade and on his or her ability to gaze upon the world with intelligence and freedom (and to gaze at himself or herself with honesty). Without forgetting, if possible, the maxim given us by Paul Strand: Photography is not a short cut”.

20 March 2014, at 7.30 pm

“Bravo! Photograph the city! (And please don’t feel obliged to “shoot” street-photography so you can later publish a photobook…).”


Madrid, 1957. Graduate in philosophy. José Manuel Navia worked in editorial photography from the age of 17 until he was 30. He has been a freelance photographer since 1987, publishing regularly in leading media in Spain and abroad. He has been a member of the Vu agency since 1992, and his pictures have appeared in numerous books and exhibitions. In Nóstos (Edicions Anòmales, Barcelona, 2013) he continues his most personal line of work, which began with Pisadas sonámbulas: lusofonías (La Fábrica, 2001, second edition, 2008), and to which his works in progress Marruecos, fragmentos de lo cotidiano and La creciente (on Latin America) among others, also belong.

José Manuel Navia will present one of the master classes open to the general public.

2 April 2014, at 7.30 pm

In this presentation, Abbas will show us images of the forty years he devoted to cover conflicts around the world.


Iranian-French, 1944. Born a photographer, Abbas is an Iranian transplanted to Paris. He has dedicated himself to documenting the political and social life of societies in conflict. In his major work since 1970 he has covered wars and revolutions in Biafra, Bangladesh, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, the Middle East, Chile, Cuba, and South Africa during apartheid. From 1978 to 1980, Abbas photographed the revolution in Iran, to which he returned in 1997 after seventeen years of voluntary exile. His book Iran Diary 1971-2002 is a critical interpretation of Iranian history, photographed and written as a private journal. During his years of exile Abbas traveled constantly. The resulting exhibition and book, Return to Mexico:Journeys Beyond the Mas, helped define his photographic aesthetic. From 1987 to 1994, he focused on the resurgence of Islam throughout the world. Allah O Akbar: A Journey Through Militant Islam, the subsequent book and exhibition, spans twenty-nine countries and four continents. A later book, Faces of Christianity: A Photographic Journey (2000), and touring show explored Christianity as a political, ritual and spiritual phenomenon. Abbas joined Magnum Photos in 1981 and became a member in 1985.

Abbas will present one of the master classes open to the general public.

29 and 30 May 2014, at 7.30 pm

This is one lecture, but it is divided into two parts. Cristina García Rodero will talk to us about her life and professional career.


Puertollano (Ciudad Real), 1949. Cristina García Rodero studied painting at the School of Fine Arts of the Complutense University of Madrid, before taking up photography. She then combined teaching and a personal research and documentation project photographing popular and traditional festivities, principally in Spain but also across Mediterranean Europe. This project culminated in her book España Oculta (1989), which won the “Book of the Year Award” at the Arles Festival of Photography. That same year she won the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Foundation prize. In recent years, García Rodero has travelled around the world in search of other cultures with particular traditions. Rituals in Haiti was shown for the first time in the 2001 Venice Biennale. She has received many prizes, including the Premio Nacional de Fotografía (1996) in Spain, and her work has been widely published and exhibited internationally. Garcia Rodero joined the Magnum agency in 2005 and became a full member in 2009.

Cristina García Rodero will present one of the master classes open to the general public.

19 June 2014, at 7.30 pm

Premiere of the documentary by David Airob entitled The Matchbox that narrates the social commitment and human warmth of Joan Guerrero.


Barcelona, 1967. David Airob works as staff photographer at La Vanguardia newspaper, where he was Chief Photo Editor from 2007 until 2010. Since joining in 1990, he has covered a wide range of topics, from election campaigns to Olympic Games and the Football World Cup. In addition to his work at La Vanguardia, he has carried out other personal projects which have won numerous international prizes. His images have been published in international magazines such as Time, Paris-Match and Der Spiegel, among others. Co-founder of the Centre de Fotografia Documental de Barcelona, he has led master classes, workshops and conferences in several Spanish universities and education centres. He is a jury member in photography contests and his work as a photojournalist has been shown in several individual exhibitions and books. Airob is editor of TheWside, a blog on photojournalism and photo editing.

David Airob will present one of the master classes open to the general public.

19 June 2014, at 7.30 pm

Premiere of the documentary by David Airob entitled The Matchbox that narrates the social commitment and human warmth of Joan Guerrero.


Tarifa, 1940. Joan Guerrero has lived in Santa Coloma de Gramenet for over 40 years and is one of Catalonia’s leading representatives of social photography. His work displays a strong sense of social commitment impregnated with humanity and sensitivity. He is, above all, a vocational photographer who has forged himself through struggle, effort and solidarity. Guerrero has worked on El Periódico de Catalunya, Diario de Barcelona, El Observador and El País newspapers and has published several books, among them Santa Coloma en el corazón, Imatge i paraula, Santa Coloma, entre la vida i la vida and El parc.

Joan Guerrero will present one of the master classes open to the general public.

Portrait: ©David Arquimbau



Mallorca, 1980. Toni Amengual obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona in 2003 and a master’s in Photojournalism that same year from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. From 2000 to 2002 he studied photography at the IEFC (Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya). As a freelance professional photographer he has created a series of highly personal works which bring together documentary and signature photography. In 2008 he began combining his professional activity with that of teaching at the Escola Superior Balear. Amengual has lived and worked in Barcelona since 2012 and is director and professor of the Documentary Photography and Journalism postgraduate course at the IDEP (Escola Superior d’Imatge i Disseny) in Barcelona.

Toni Amengual presents theory sessions at the civic centres of Can Deu, Can Felipa, Pati Llimona, and Vallvidrera–Vázquez Montalbán.

Buenos Aires, 1974. Walter Astrada began his career as a photographer on the Argentinian newspaper La Nación, and has worked for the Associated Press and France Press agencies. He is currently freelance and principally engaged in long-term projects, such as a personal work on violence against women on the world scale and a group project on people throughout Europe suffering from multiple sclerosis. Besides giving lectures and workshops, he is a member of the training team of the World Press Photo. Among his many awards, Astrada has won three World Press Photo prizes, in 2007, 22009 and 2010.

Walter Astrada presents theory sessions at the civic centres of Can Deu, Can Felipa, Casa del Rellotge, and Pati Llimona.
He leads the practical sessions at the Can Deu and Pati Llimona civic centres.

Madrid, 1958. Juan Manuel Castro Prieto entered photography as a self-taught enthusiast. In 1990 he travelled to Cuzco (Peru) to print, along with Juan Manuel Díaz, the work of the Peruvian master Martin Chambi, from the original glass plates. This represented the birth of Perú, viaje al sol [Peru, A Journey to the Sun], stunning winner at the PHotoEspaña (PHE) 2001 exhibition. This display was first held at the Centro Cultural de la Villa (Madrid) in 2001 and subsequently travelled to Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, Guatemala, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. He is currently working on Cespedosa, a personal project about memory, and combines this activity with collaboration on such magazines as Le Figaro, Le Monde and L’Express. He has received the César Vallejo prize (Peru, 2001), the Bartolomé Ros Award (PHE, 2002) and the Community of Madrid Photography Prize (2003), and has also published several books.

Juan Manuel Castro Prietos presents the Laboratory module in all the civic centres.

Bilbao, 1963. Fernando Moleres is a self-taught freelance photographer who works on his own photographic projects intended for publication in the press. Outstanding among his reports are those addressing the exploitation of child labour, refugees in Kurdistan (1991), refugees in Rwanda (1996), working women and the monastic life (2004-2006), among others. He was awarded the World Press Photo prize in 1998, 2001 and 2011, the W. Eugene Smith Grant 1999 (second prize) and the Tim Hetherington Grant in 2012 for his work on juveniles in the prisons of Sierra Leone 2010-2013. He has also created a support programme for the social reinsertion of imprisoned minors in that same country (Free Minor Africa).

Fernando Moleres presents theory sessions at the civic centres of Albareda, Besòs, El Coll and Navas.
He leads the practical sessions at the Can Basté and Guinardó civic centres.

Zaragoza, 1969. Emilio Morenatti is a photojournalist with over 25 years’ experience. He has covered armed conflicts, mainly in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan, for the North-American agency Associated Press. He was named Photojournalist of the Year in America by Pictures of the Year International and by the National Press Association of America, as well as winning the first FotoPres award in 2009. That same year he was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Afghanistan war. Outstanding among his most recent awards are the Godó Prize for Photojournalism, the Lucas Dolega award, the Ortega y Gasset prize, and the World Press Photo award. Holder a master’s in photojournalism and documentary photography from the London University of Arts, he directs the Associated Press Photography Department in Spain and Portugal.

Emilio Morenatti presents theory sessions at the civic centres of Golferichs and Vallvidrera–Vázquez Montalbán. He leads the practical sessions at the Golferichs and Vallvidrera–Vázquez Montalbán civic centres.

Barcelona, 1971. Txema Salvans gave up studying biology to accept, first a grant from the ICP (International Center of Photography) in New York, and then another to study in Fabrica, the international research centre founded by Oliviero Toscani. A regular collaborator with the Sunday supplements of El País and La Vanguardia newspapers, his work can be seen in magazines and international publications such as Stern, The New York Times, Monocle and Le Monde, among others. His first book, Nice to Meet You, was awarded a prize by La Fábrica in 2005. He has recently published his latest project, The Waiting Game, winner of the 2012 Iberoamerican Photobook Competition organised by the publishers RM. Salvans currently maintains a constant balance between commission work and his personal projects.

Txema Salvans presents theory sessions at the civic centres of El Coll, Golferichs, Guinardó, Navas and Vallvidrera–Vázquez Montalbán.

Lima, 1974. Moises Saman studied communications and sociology at California State University, graduating in 1998. It was during his years in university that he first became interested in photography, influenced by the work of a number of photojournalists that had been covering the war in the former Yugoslavia. From 2000 to 2007 he worked on the New York newspaper Newsday. He began working in conflict zones following the 11 September 2001 attacks. Saman decided to go freelance in 2007, and began working with The New York Times, The New Yorker, Human Rights Watch, Time and Newsweek. In 2010 he joined the Magnum Photos agency.

Moises Saman leads the practical sessions at the Can Felipa and Casa del Rellotge.

Barcelona, 1972. Photographer. Carmen Secanella has studied film and history of art. She started out as a photographer for the local newspaper La Comarca d’Alcanyís (Teruel) and the Lerida-based La Mañana. She worked for El País for over ten years and has also collaborated with La Vanguardia, El Periódico de Catalunya, Público and El Correo. Carmen Secanella is currently participating in establishment of the new digital newspaper eldiario.es, and among other countries, has developed projects in Albania, Romania, Poland, China, Gaza and Japan.

Carmen Secanella leads the practical sessions at the El Coll and Navas civic centres.


OBJECTIVE►BCN will also feature the participation of photographer Lindsay Mackenzie, who presents a module on photography, social networks and international media; the journalist and sociologist Inés Martínez Ribas, coordinator of the project and author of the texts, and the designer Anne-Sophie de Vargas, creator of the website and other communication media.

Whistler, 1984. Photo and multimedia journalist. Lindsay Mackenzie is a regular collaborator with National Geographic Expeditions. Born in Canada, she lived in Tunisia for two years where she documented the Arab Spring. She currently lives in Catalonia. Lindsay Mackenzie has worked with The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Le Monde, El País, Financial Times, National Geographic Traveler, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The Courier, among others. She studied geography at Colgate University and journalism at Columbia University and Newcastle University.

Lindsay Mackenzie conducts a workshop on photography, social networks and international visibility at all the civic centres.

Barcelona, 1968. Sociologist and journalist Inés Martínez Ribas is an independent communications consultant. She has worked as an editor with El País, La Vanguardia, El Periódico de Catalunya, Crónica de Granada and Ajoblanco, and was head of Press and Protocol at the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona) and head of cultural press at ”la Caixa” Foundation. She actively collaborates with Stella Maris, an international charity organization providing support for sailors.

Inés Martínez Ribas conducts a workshop on photography and writing at all the civic centres.

Paris, 1978. Anne-Sophie de Vargas graduated in art and design from the University of Southampton and interior design from the Elisava School of Design. She is a freelance engaged in the area of design and communication. She has been a collaborator with such institutions as Kent State University, the CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona), Docomomo International, various architecture studios and, on a regular basis, with the Club de Creativos. Anne-Sophie de Vargas has continuously worked with the architects Jordi Badia and Xavier Claramunt, and has combined her professional activity with teaching, as a lecturer at the Elisava School of Design.