JORDI OLIVER documentary photographer 

I began my career as a photographer at the beginning of the 1990s recording the harsh social conditions of the Raval neighbourhood of Barcelona. In 1993 my work as a documentary photographer in Barcelona’s “Barrio Chino” was rewarded with a Fotopress scholarship from the La Caixa Foundation. 

In 1994 I did the master in photojournalism from the ICP (International Center of Photography) in New York. Since then my career has moved towards the photography of social denouncement. In fact, in 2004 I obtained a second Fotopress grant, this time for my own particular portrait of the economic and social crisis in Argentina during the Corralito with “Recuperemos el Trueke” (Back to Bartering). However, while continuing to explore new artistic ground focussing on the social issues which I am passionate about, in 2000 I finished the Master in Creative documentary at the Pompeu Fabra University.

Since then I combined work in film and photography, making documentaries such as, Despertar (2001), Se tranco el Domino (2003) set in Havana, Dones de Terra Endins (2006), African Request (2007), working together with Joaquin Jorda “De Ninos (2001). My last adventure as a producer is, Resistirse a Olvidar, in which I used photography as a therapy to  help patients with Alzheimer’s disease to retain their memories. 

My works are regularly published in the press in The Guardian, El Pais, La Vanguardia, I recieved numerous awards including the , Tahiti y sus letras prize (2009 fot the best published travel article) and in the advertising festivals in Cannes and San Sebastian, the FNAC-El Pais award and the Laus award for advertising graphic of the Liceu Theatre, among others. 

Currently I combine photographic workshops, exhibitions, events and conferences with my latest long term projects, Women of the Earth, Gypsy Soul, Barrios, The waiting Room and Out of the Box.  Where I aim to mix the social, educational and environmental experiences and bring them out to the visual language to create dialogue, synergies and connection. 

JORDI OLIVER, documentary photographer

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