Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Biennial Of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, Barcelona, Spain


Following the success of the 4th edition held at the Palazzo Italia in Berlin on October 2016, we’re now organising the 5th edition and are calling professional and amateur photographers from all over the world to submit their work for consideration of the Biennial Curators’ Committee. The last edition showcased 1,200 photographs of 420 artists and had Steve McCurry as an special invitee exhibiting a retrospective of his works. This 5th edition will be held in Barcelona in October 2018 exhibiting works selected from the 10th and 11th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, the 9th, 10th and 11th Pollux Awards, and other Awards hosted by The Photography Gala Awards. With this call, free to enter, we want to expand the scope of this unique event giving an opportunity to photographers worldwide to exhibit their work in a multicultural city such as Barcelona.

The Biennial will take place in several galleries in Barcelona, during the month of October 2018, with a central hub in the Gallery Valid Foto. Final venues will be announced shortly. The Biennial is also working in the feasibility of doing night projections of all works exhibited, in large screen in a public square in Barcelona during the Barcelona Gallery Week End on September 26-29.

Since 2010 The Biennial for Fine Art & Documentary Photography has done an tremendous effort to organize world class exhibitions. Four editions so far -Madrid 2010, Buenos Aires 2012, Malaga 2014, and Berlin 2016- have exhibited 2,060 works of 840 photographers from 83 countries. Now the Biennial evolves to a higher level launching a biannual Grant to be called each year, in May and September. 


  • To launch grants for photographers of all countries, open to everyone; from established pros and amateurs to emerging photographers and students, from documentary photographers and photojournalists to fine art photographers.
  • To operate in a free curatorial environment knowing that it doesn’t matter how photographers make their work, but what they say without the constraints of preconceptions.
  • To promote contemporary, avant-garde, creative and experimental works, and photographers challenging personal, emotional or political statements.
  • To help grant’s recipients to further their projects by funding shooting and operating expenses, and promoting them in the media and in exhibitions.

The Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography was launched in 2010 exhibiting images curated among the winners of the competitions organized by The Gala Awards, such as the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, The Pollux Awards, The Documentary Jacob Riis Award, and the Black & White Charles Dodgson Awards. The images exhibited in the different editions of the Biennial were selected by the late Mary Ellen Mark, Chris Steele Perkins, Steve McCurry, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Olivia Arthur, Vanessa Winship, Kim Weston, Per Valentin, Susan Zadeh, Philip Brookman, Brooks Jensen, Reid Callanan, Stephen Perloff, Andrea Star Reese, Amber Terranova, Julio Hirsch-Hardy, and Rossana Cecchi, among many other photographers, photo editors, curators, publishers and gallerists.


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