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Exhibition > “Toros ytoreros”, with works by Pomés, Maspons and Masats together for the first time in France

Archivo fotográfico Oriol Maspons

III, from the series for the book “Toreo de Salón”. Ed. Lumen, 1963.© Oriol Maspons

On April 16, 2022, the Anne Clergue gallery in Arles (Provence, France) opens the collective exhibition “Bulls and Bullfighters”, which can be visited until May 14 and in whose conception and organization the Photographic Foundation has collaborated.

It is a black and white journey through the world of bullfighting and its surroundings, from the 1950s to the present, in which the gaze of three avant-garde Catalan photographers stands out, meeting for the first time in a French art gallery, Leopoldo Pomés, Oriol Maspons and Ramón Masats, as well as a current Mexican photographer, Carlos Cazalis.

The exhibition brings together work for sale (vintage and current certified copies) of all the aforementioned photographers.

Archivo fotográfico Leopoldo Pomés

La Algaba, Sevilla, 1957.© Leopoldo Pomés

From Pomés (Barcelona, ​​1931- Girona, 2019), National Photography Award winner in 2018 and photographer of sensuality during the gray Spain of Francoism, photographs from his book “Toros”, published in 1996, are exhibited. Since his death, this is the first time your files are opened for public viewing.

From Maspons (Barcelona, ​​1928 – 2013), a renovator of photographic language during the 1970s, photographs from the acclaimed series “Toreo de salon” are shown, which he published in 1963 together with the photographer Julio Ubiña and texts by Camilo José Cela.

Archivo fotográfico Ramón Masats

Arcos de la Frontera, Cádiz, 1959 1963.© Ramón Masats

And from Masats (Caldes de Montbui, 1931), also the National Photography Prize in 2004, a selection of highly representative vintage and contemporary photos from his bullfighting series is presented.

In addition, the collective exhibition adds unpublished photographs that Cazalis (Mexico City, 1969) took of José Tomás when he returned to the ring in 2022, also in black and white.

Files represented by Photographic

Both the Maspons Archive and the Pomés Archive are managed by the Photographic Foundation, together with the heirs of their authors. Its inclusion in this collective exhibition is the result of the work of the Foundation to continue internationalizing the valuable and indispensable legacy of the great national authors.

Photographic directly manages and also supports the work of the heirs of various fundamental photographic archives for our historical memory in order to ensure their proper conservation, cataloging and dissemination, as well as their well-deserved public and institutional recognition, through the organization of exhibitions and outreach activities.

The representation services offered by the Photographic team to authors and/or their families include research, advice, the creation of management tools and the personalized design of promotion strategies, the curating of exhibitions, the sale of certified copies and the internationalization of his legacy.

Jury of the Star Photobook Dummy Award 2022

These are the members of the jury for the 2022 edition of the Star Photobook Dummy Award, our annual award for photobook mockups.

In this edition, the jury will be composed by:

  • Mireia P. Carbonell, art director and graphic designer.
  • Nicolas Janowski, artist and curator, nominator of the winning photobook of the Star Award 2021.
  • Alex Llovet, photographer, editor and founder of Ediciones Posibles.
  • Alice Monteil, responsible for the education area, Photographic Social Vision and Gestalt therapist.
  • Ramón Reverté, editorial director, Editorial RM.
  • Arianna Rinaldo, independent curator and photography consultant.

Organized by the Photographic Social Vision Foundation, in collaboration with the publishers Phree, Ediciones Fáciles and RM, the Star Photobook Dummy Award offers the opportunity and support to publish a photobook from a dummy, in its final phase of design and ideation, submitted by an international team of nominators.

Santi Donaire wins the III Joana Biarnés scholarship for young photojournalists

Santi Donaire, a photojournalist from Jaén, is the winner of the III Joana Biarnés Scholarship for his proposal “Hasta que la tierra aguante. Retrato de la agricultura y ganadería industrial en España y sus consecuencias ambientales, humanas e identitarias”.

Thanks to the Joana Biarnés Scholarship, the author will have 8,000 euros to carry out photographic research over nine months and with the support of a tutor. To do this, he will travel to Tenerife, Almería and Jaén, passing through the degraded Mar Menor in Murcia or the bovine and pig macro farms of Aragón and Navarra, studying the social and environmental impact of intensive industrial food production.

Photography of the “Crudo” project, by Santi Donaire.

According to the award-winning photographer, “Over the last 40 years, Spain has become Europe’s pantry in matters as essential as livestock, the pig industry, olive oil, the fruit and vegetable sector, avocados and bananas. Our climate and our privileged geographical position, together with our degraded and uninhabited territory, have made our country become the great food producer of the Old Continent. We have to see what this really means and under what conditions the food we eat and export is produced.”

“Hasta que la tierra aguante” seeks to reveal the consequences of these intensive practices, especially for those who work the land in those localities where these activities take place. They are local communities that have undergone a great transformation in just a few years, becoming the front line of an industry that needs them as a workforce, but that also significantly affects the landscape, the environment and the way of life of its population.

Photography of the “Crudo” project, by Santi Donaire.

In the justification for his project, Donaire recounts: “The land that our grandmothers and fathers lived in, that mostly rural and subsistence society, has given way to a massive urban concentration, relegating the countryside to industrial and massive production practices. As if it were our own stressed lives, food production has been subjected to overexploitation, regardless of the consequences for our environment, for the people who work it and for us to feel alienated, and not heirs, to a landscape that does not resemble to what they told us. Not only have our lives been stripped of any contact with the countryside and nature, but the industry has made the work of the land stripped of biological rhythm, humanization and sustainability.”

Photography of the “Crudo” project, by Santi Donaire.

The deliberation of the Jury

Santi Donaire’s project was chosen by an independent jury, which had previously highlighted six finalists from among the more than 40 projects submitted to this third call for the Joana Biarnés Scholarship.

In its ruling, the jury defines “Hasta que la tierra aguante” as “a project as ambitious as it is pertinent, which covers issues as urgent as climate change, an empty Spain, the absolute precariousness of many of the farmworkers who barely survive with poverty wages in unbearable conditions, lack of water, depletion of land or environmental pollution. With exhaustive documentation and a coherent approach, Santi Donaire offers us a journey through these runaway macro-exploitations, which force us to consider, as individuals and as a society if we can afford this food model, both because of the way these foods are produced and because of the responsibility that we all, as consumers, have”.

As motivation for its final decision, the jury also believes that “Donaire is a photographer of outstanding maturity, as evidenced by some of his previous projects such as ‘Hijos de la Desmemoria’, about the exhumations of those shot during the Franco regime and buried in the cemetery of Paterna (Valencia), or ‘Crudo’, a portrait of the social and economic decline in Venezuela, a consequence of the bankruptcy of oil rentism”.

The Joana Biarnés Scholarship for Young Photojournalists was created in 2019 by Photographic Social Vision, as a tribute to the first female photojournalist in Spain and fulfilling her wish that her legacy serve to support the professional development of young photojournalists from all over the country, while that the Scholarship highlights issues and challenges of necessary dissemination and social reflection.

About Santi Donaire

Santi Donaire (Jaén, 1988) is a documentary photographer, journalist and co-founder of the documentary production company Nervio. He has worked for media such as TIME, El País, The New York Times, Le Magazine du Monde, Los Angeles Times or The Telegraph, and has been awarded the Picture Of The Year International (2017) and the Luis Valtueña International Prize for Humanitarian Photography. (2019), among others. In 2021, together with the Nervio collective, he presented a documentary on the migratory crisis in the Mediterranean at the San Sebastian Film and Human Rights Festival. In recent years, he has focused on projects related to Spanish historical memory.

Samuel Nacar exhibits “Cartas a Mariví”

The documentary photographer Samuel Nacar, who in 2021 won the II Joana Biarnés Scholarship for Young Photojournalists, shows the results of his scholarship project in the exhibition “Cartas a Mariví. La búsqueda de nuestra generación para encontrar un lugar en este mundo”, which you can visit from February 4 to March 19 at Efti – International Photography and Film Center (c/ Fuenterrabía, 4. Madrid).

The exhibition, produced and curated by Photographic Social Vision, is the result of Samuel Nacar‘s research on a generation doomed to precariousness, young people without opportunities in their land, who emigrate to the big cities of the peninsula. They leave peripheral Spain, a territory about which almost nothing is told and whose industrial dismantling produces a progressive abandonment, generating an empty Spain.

“This project stems from my interest in portraying that Spain and explaining how the structural weakness of our industry causes a domino effect that ends with the depopulation of our geography,” explains Samuel Nacar.

Maria Victoria Ortiz is from Miranda de Ebro, she migrated to Barcelona to study and due to the lack of opportunities in her hometown. “Miranda was a crossroads and was very important for the railway, there were many cinemas, there was an atmosphere from Wednesday to Sunday, theatres and now with luck there is a cinema.” Poses in the Marismas de Catoira, Pontevedra, July 22, 2021.

Nacar has traveled almost 12,000 kilometers of the Spanish outskirts, detecting a pattern that repeats itself: the collapse finds it in Linares (Jaén), branded the “city with the most unemployment in Europe” since the Santana automotive factory closed a decade ago; deindustrialization places it in Andorra (Teruel), a town that rivalled Stockholm in terms of living standards, until the announcement of the closure of the Endesa thermal power plant; and the resistance is found in A Mariña (Lugo), where 30% of the province’s GDP depends on the American company Alcoa, one of the largest aluminum producers in the world, where the workers have agreed to temporarily stop production to prevent the possible factory closure.

The foot of a wind tower in the Montes de Buio. Maria Lucense, Lugo. © Samuel Nacar

An unstoppable process that extends from Cádiz to León, through provinces that were once rich and today see their youth leave. Samuel Nacar gives a voice to these young people, who do not find a future in their home towns, convinced that there they will never be able to do the job for which they were trained, choose to buy a home or even consider having children.

Lucia Alcaine poses in front of a hotel in Andorra (Teruel), which has been closed for years. She will go to Bilbao, because in his city he cannot study what she wants. The thermal power plant that supplied employment to the town and the region closed in 2020. © Samuel Nacar.


This exhibition is the result of the II Joana Biarnés Scholarship, which has allowed Samuel Nacar to develop the project for nine months, in addition to having the advice of the tutor Jessica Murray, director of Al-liquindoi, a cultural association dedicated to training documentary photographers around the world.

Awarded by an independent jury, the Scholarship was created by Photographic Social Vision with the dual objective of helping the professional development of young authors from all over the country and making visible issues of necessary social reflection.

The Joana Biarnés Scholarship for Young Photojournalists is possible thanks to the Government of Catalonia, the Terrassa City Council, the EFTI School, Foto Ruano Pro and the Joana Biarnés Archive.


Samuel Nacar (1992) is a documentary photographer. During the last years he has worked covering the migratory routes to Europe. In 2016 he published the book “Pisadas de agua y sal” with the Pagés publishing house. He has worked as a freelance for El País, Deustche Welle, TRT and other media. He worked as a second cameraman on the National Geographic documentary “Ulysses” directed by Samuel Granados. He has been the project manager of “The future is now” for Playground. He won the second Joana Biárnes scholarship and has won the award for best project for the documentary “Taranta” at the Abycine film festival. Among other recognitions for his career, he has won the IPPA awards, a gold medal at the PX3 for his coverage of the Calais eviction in 2016.

  • “Cartas a Mariví”. From February 4 to March 19, 2022.
  • Sala Fujifilm de Efti. C/ Fuenterrabia 4, Madrid.
  • From Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday closed.

Interview> IGNACIO COLÓ, winner of the 1st Star Award

The photobook project “Eduardo & Miguel”, by the argentinian author Ignacio Coló, has won the first edition of the Star Photobook Dummy Award, an initiative from the Photographic Social Vision Foundation, in collaboration with the publishers Phree, Ediciones Posibles and RM, who give  advice in the final phase of the process, take charge of producing and printing the book and will also distribute it internationally from April 2022. 

We spoke with the author about this experience, about the process of making the photobook and the origins of this project, where he recounts the day-to-day life of two twin brothers in their fifties, who have lived together since birth, barely in the company of one another, in the city of Buenos Aires, where the photographer himself was born and lives.

By Carlos G. Vela

Photographer and photo editor Ignacio Coló.

First of all, congratulations on being the first Star Award winner! The jury chose your work among 150 projects from 34 different countries, shortlisted by an expert team of international nominators, yours being proposed by Nicolas Janowsky. How did you receive the news and what were your expectations regarding this new award? 

It was really nice when I got the news that I had won! I was on vacation with my family in the north of Argentina, in the province of Misiones. I knew I was among the finalists and that the results were going to be announced that day. We were having breakfast and I think it was through Instagram that I saw that my project had been awarded. I hugged María, my partner; in a very exciting moment, that was another reason for happiness in that holiday context. The expectations were huge, being an award that led to a book, for real! With three important publishers backing it, with the Foundation organizing it all, and also that great jury… And at the same time, I had the awareness of how difficult it was to win, because I knew many of the other finalists and they all do very good work. But I felt enthusiasm towards the prize, which was then proportional to the joy I felt once the “Eduardo & Miguel” project was recognized as the winner and I knew that it would materialize in a book. 

When choosing your photobook dummy, the jury took into account its concept and design, but also the human values of what was narrated, because the Award honors and it’s inspired by those of the designer Inés Casals, so the winner should stand out for concepts such as “friendship, empathy, intimacy, warmth, love, beauty, poetry, uncertainty, challenge, tenacity, empowerment, self-determination, resilience, acceptance, self-care and compassion, without forgetting irony and the will to avoid all clichés”. Do you identify with them? Which ones motivate your project?  

I started this project more than six years ago and it never ceases to amaze me that many of the values you mention coincide with those that I was taking into account as I faced the history of Eduardo and Miguel and the way in which I became involved with them. I think the project vindicates many of those values, which encompass a certain humanism when it comes to telling the story of these two twin brothers, who were never apart from each other, who build a life together and take care of each other, …  Since I started to take pictures of them, they awoke on me a sense of tenderness, which led to something broader, that kind of humanism that is a form of empathy, to connect with them and their history in a very honest way. And later on, appeared certain characteristics related to how to tell the story, with a certain poetry, with warmth, respecting that bond and approaching them in a very sincere way as well.

Sample of the dummy “Eduardo & Miguel”.

It is obvious that you achieved total intimacy with the protagonists. How did you get that kind of access to their lives?

Without any doubt, we achieved a lot of closeness, a lot of sincerity, which continues to this day. I see them regularly, they live close to my house and we see each other often. They are very aware and excited about the book and they are following the entire process very closely. The first contact came naturally and spontaneously. I saw them on the street and went for getting a first photo of them, which then (I thought) was going to be the only one. We met for coffee and, when we got together, I realized that there was so much more to tell. And at the same time, I did not have any urgency, it was not a commission, it was something that was born naturally. I was discovering their world in a very progressive way and I got closer and closer. I would go in the morning, because they start the day very early, and I would accompany them while they had breakfast. Also when they walked through the city of Buenos Aires and it all created a daily relationship, me always with the camera at hand and taking advantage of every opportunity to take pictures and to get to know them better. Every shot added to the story.   

To what extent did you naturally capture them and to what extent did they pose?

I accompanied them in their routines, reflecting what they did, trying to spend whole days with them. But my work as a portrait photographer and my photographic vision include getting directly involved when I see a situation that interests me. For instance, the first day that they had a cell phone I was around all day, following their interactions. But, if at some point I saw a space in the apartment that seemed more photogenic to me, perhaps this armchair, I asked them to move there, but to continue with what they were really doing. And that set up was a back and forth game, something very playful in which they also participated actively. They carried out their own rituals and daily tasks, with me around them taking photos. And all of a sudden, maybe  I did set up a flash and ask them to pose for a portrait. Or we would go for a walk and they would stay in a corner, and then I started taking pictures and, as they noticed me, they would not move for a while. All that game went through the entire photographic process and it lasted six years long. To this day, when I see them, I get pictures of them. The book’s process is now closed, but somehow that photographic bond between us remains the same and continues to grow.  

Sample of the dummy “Eduardo & Miguel”.

It’s easy to see that it is a very dear project for you, that also won a  POY Latam for you in 2019. Are those the reasons why you decided it should become your first photobook?

I chose this project for different reasons. Without a doubt, it is a job in which there is a great emotional commitment, due to my inevitable involvement in the lifes of Eduardo and Miguel and the bond that I was building with them. A routine that grew over the years, which gave a lot of meaning to my life. Every time I took pictures of them, it generated new meanings in my own life, not just in the story. And I also have no doubts that those encounters generated true meaning also for them; to share that daily life, while photography was always at the center.  

I also feel a strong photographic commitment, because this project was also an aesthetic bet, a narrative bet, a way of telling a story in images with a peculiar language, very much my own, which somehow also reflected who they are. 

And finally, in this particular work I felt from the beginning, very clearly, that it was going to materialize as a book. There are stories that can be reflected through a video, a trans-media website, an exhibition, an installation… There are many ways to show a story today! In this case, I always had the intuition that the way I was going to finish telling this story was on a photobook. 

Precisely, the jury off the Star Photobook Dummy Award declared “esential that the photobook was the optimal support for the project” and they noted that the dummy you presented had “an impeccable and well-resolved design, which enriches the story and the concept in a balanced way”…

They are all fundamental pieces so that the concept is fulfilled. The original concept emerges from my own search, from how I wanted to tell that story. Then there was a process of editorial conceptualization, which arised during a photobook workshop with Yumi Goto (Japanese curator and editor), which was very interesting to add another layer to the story it was telling through the pictures. And, in terms of design, there was a challenge; that this device that we were making with Yumi worked fine and well. And for that matter, the contribution of Ricardo Báez was decisive. He’s a designer whose work  I  appreciate a lot and, without a doubt, he was the right person not only to make the book look good, but also to enrich the concepts and make it work, so the photographic side and the editorial side would get more strength in terms of design. I think that’s is a bit of the convergence that sustains this book: the photographic part, the editorial part and its design add up to fulfill the whole process.  

The protagonist twins, in a double-page of the dummy.

The Star Photobook Dummy Award supports the final phase of design, ideation and distribution of the winning photobook. How advanced was your dummy before presenting it to the Award and how has it evolved since it was awarded? 

I had made like five or six models on my own, before reaching the last version, which is the one we did with Ricardo (Báez) and the one I submitted to the Award. In that sense, it was already quite advanced both in terms of concept and design. After winning the Star Award, the exchange and work with the three publishers that will publish it and with Arianna (Rinaldo, coordinator of the Award and member of the jury in this first edition) was very interesting. On the one hand, what we are doing with the texts that are going to be incorporated into the book is a very meticulous job, so that they are complementary to the photos in their proper measure. And all the exchange in the production phase is also very beneficial to the final object. Without being a complex book, which was not my purpose, it does have its own difficulties in terms of production, which make it more expensive.  And, therefore, you have to find a way to reach the appropriate numbers, without losing the quality of the book. And that, although it may seem cold, also has its importance and conceptual repercussions. This entire exchange process is very interesting to me and, without any doubt, will make a better book.

What has been the main challenge when capturing your work in a photobook format?

The biggest challenge was for the device to enhance the story and not to play against it. I wanted that the route it proposed was not too traditional, which was also a possibility, although I had the feeling that it would waste some potential that the history had. And, on the other hand, I didn’t want to create something too complex, that would make the reader’s journey difficult. Beyond the initial puzzle, it has been very nice to face the challenges of turning this story into a photobook, because, in a way, overcoming them ends up enriching it. When you see the pictures, the story is told in a way. But it is remarkably enriched, I think, when it is reflected in the book, enhancing its main concepts, from the brotherhood and the symbiosis of Eduardo and Miguel, to the whole game about the concepts of the double, the duality and all those ideas that are already in the photographic history, but that are replicated and enhanced with the photobook format.

Ignacio Coló was born in 1980 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He lived in Paris, where he specialized in History of Photography at the Sorbonne University, and upon his return to Buenos Aires, he finished his photographic studies at the Escuela Argentina de Fotografía (EAF) in addition to studying Cinematography at the union of professional filmmakers SICA. Currently, he works as a photographer and photo editor in the Sunday supplement of La Nación, one of the main Argentinian newspapers. He has also published regularly in international media such as the Financial Times, Le Monde, El Mundo, or the magazines Papel, L’Equipe Magazine, France Football, Society or Art Magazine. He has exhibited his work in collective and individual exhibitions.

“Eduardo & Miguel” is his first photobook.

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Ignacio Coló, winner of the first edition of the Star Photobook Dummy Award

The winner of the first edition of the annual prize Star Photobook Dummy Award is “Eduardo & Miguel”, by Ignacio Coló. Read our interview with the author at this link.

Model of “Eduardo & Miguel”, by Ignacio Coló.

The project tells the story of Eduardo and Miguel Portnoy, two 53-year-old twin brothers who live in Buenos Aires and have never been separated since they were born. They live together, work together, and have no close friends or other family members. They do everything alone and have each other.

The Star Award 1st edition Jury has highlighted Coló’s approach to the subject, in a simple and close way, demonstrating a high degree of complicity with his protagonists. Without forgetting the hardest and saddest aspects of this human relationship, in whose history, the feelings of isolation and loneliness are recurrent. Despite this, the author manages to convey an optimistic attitude, providing an intimate and tender look that gives value to small everyday gestures ”.

© Ignacio Coló

The members of the jury have also highlighted two aspects: the naturalness with which the project connects, in an intuitive and direct way, with the experiences of its protagonists. And, secondly, the way it addresses, at a deeper and more complex reading level, about universal concepts such as loneliness, vulnerability, identity and love.

© Ignacio Coló

In the jury’s opinion, the model “presents an impeccable and well-resolved design that enriches the story and the concept in a balanced way. Likewise, the realization of the photobook is viable within the bases of the award and the project is in tune with the values of the Star Photobook Dummy Award that pays tribute to the designer Inés Casals in whose honour this award has been created ”.

“Sensitivity, emotion and excellence have been very present values in the selection process of the winning project. However, the balance and coherence between content and form, and the viability of the project, have also been key in our choice.” Helena Velez Olabarria, visual researcher and cultural producer.


The author, Ignacio Coló.

Ignacio Coló, is a photographer and editor born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1980). He lived in Paris, where he specialized in the history of photography at the University of the Sorbonne. Upon his return to Buenos Aires, he finished his photography studies at the EAF (Escuela Argentina de Photography) and studied Direction of Photography at SICA, the union of professional filmmakers.
He currently works in the Sunday supplement of La Nación, one of the main Argentine newspapers, as a photographer and photo editor. His photographs are regularly published in media such as the Financial Times, Le Monde, El Mundo, or the magazines Papel, L’Equipe Magazine, France Football, Society or Art Magazine, among others. He has also exhibited his work in group and solo shows.

Check here an interview with Coló about his awarded project.

“The aspects and values most considered have been the level of formal and conceptual harmony between the content (images and texts) and the container (model); the economic viability of the project and the presence of some of the values that best define the artistic legacy of Inés Casals ”. Lea Tyrallová, Production Manager, Editorial RM.

“For me, it was essential that the photobook was the optimal support for the project. And from my perspective as a designer, it was important that it be conceptually appropriate and its technical part impeccable. ” Javier Aristu, creative director and founder of Aristu & Co


Coló’s proposal was one of these ten finalists chosen by the jury of the first edition of the Star Photobook Dummy Award:

  • Nicola Bertasi – “Like Rain Falling From the Sky” – Nominated by Holly Roussell
  • Bebe Blanco Agterberg – “A mal tiempo, buena cara / In bad weather, a good face” – Nominated by Rafal Milach
  • Albert Bonsfills – “Sakae Menda” – Nominated by RUIDOPHOTO
  • Elodie Chrisment – “157/192” – Nominated by Ana Casas Broda
  • Ignacio Coló – “Eduardo & Miguel” – Nominated by Nicolás Janowsky
  • Camilla de Maffei – “Delta” – Nominated by Juan Justicia
  • Mads Holm – “HRTLND” – Nominated by Erik de Krujif
  • Suwon Lee – “Mr & Mrs” – Nominated by Jaime Narváez
  • Sarah Pabst – “Zukunft” – Nominated by Verónica Fieiras
  • Juan Sánchez – “Panadella” – Nominated by Salvi Danés i Jesús Micó

“Participation is through international nominators, experts and professional colleagues who act as filters, each with their preferences and skills. This clearly ensures an optimal level. ” Arianna Rinaldo, independent curator and photography consultant.


With 150 invited nominators  from 34 different countries, the call has received more than 150 models from 36 other countries. The authorship of the projects presented is equal between men and women. It is worth noting the very high quality of all the proposals received,, which has not made the jury’s decision easy.

“Any author who has submitted to this award is looking to publish (make public) their story and the Star Award will be the perfect vehicle for that: take care of the details, produce the object, financially reward the author or author and distribute his book internationally thanks to the alliance of the three complicit publishing houses ”. Juan Valbuena, photographer and founder of Editorial Phree

The Star Photobook Dummy Award is an initiative of the Photographic Social Vision Foundation, with the collaboration of the publishers Phree, Ediciones Posibles and RM.

EXHIBITION> “TSIGANES” by Jacques Léonard in Canada

For the first time, Jacques Léonard‘s work is exhibited outside of Europe. The exhibition is part of the international festival Rencontres internationales de la photogaphie en Gaspésie, held in Québec (Canada). Until September 30, 2021, the images can be viewed against an exceptional natural background: the Miguasha National Park. Visitors will be able to enjoy in the open air a selection of outstanding images by the author, all gypsy themed, since the title of the exhibition, “Tsiganes”, is one of the terms used in the French language to refer to the Roma people.

Photo Gaspésie is a unique event that has been held for a decade on the Gaspé coast. For this reason, on this occasion, Léonard’s work interacts with an exceptional protected landscape, of wild nature and ancient fossils, between the Appalachian Mountains and the waters of Saint-Laurent. An ideal space and situation to debut on the other side of the Atlantic.

The work of the Jacques Léonard Family Archive, which we represent here at Photographic, is especially popular for its portrayal of the daily life of the gypsies of Barcelona from the mid-50s to the 70s.

And we are very proud that, since the recent exhibitions in the French town of Arles and also in Paris, this artist’s work is experiencing an internationalization. Nice examples of that process are the present Canadian exhibition or this recent interview in English with Santiago Léonard, son of the photographer, about the relationship between his father and the mythical Salvador Dalí.

Rencontres Photo Gaspésie

Miguasha National Park, Quebec, Canada.

Until September 30, 2021.

Buy the photographs of Jacques Léonard.

Jury of the 1st Star Photobook Dummy Award

These are the jury members for the first edition of the Star Photobook Dummy Award.

In this first edition, the jury will be composed by:

  • Javier Aristu, creative director and founder, Aristu & Co.
  • Arianna Rinaldo, independent curator and photography consultant.
  • Lea Tyrallová, production manager, Editorial RM.
  • Juan Valbuena, photographer and founder, Editorial Phree.
  • Helena Velez Olabarria, visual researcher and cultural producer.

Organized by Photographic Social Vision Foundation in collaboration with three publishing houses: Phree, Ediciones Posibles and RM, the prize offers the opportunity and the support to publish a photobook on the basis of a dummy in its final stage of design and concept presented via nomination.

Winners of the World Press Photo 2021

The World Press Photo of the Year goes to “The First Embrace”, the photograph by Danish Mads Nissen for Politiken / Panos Pictures. In the winning image, Rosa Luzia Lunardi (85) is embraced by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza, at Viva Bem care home, São Paulo, Brazil, on 5 August 2020.

Among the 6 images nominated for Photo of the Year, there was also “Fighting Locust Invasion in East Africa” ​​by Spanish Luis Tato.

The World Press Photo Story of the Year is for “Habibi” (we see an image above these lines), by the Italian Antonio Faccilongo for Getty Reportage.  The winning series chronicles love stories set against the backdrop of one of the longest and most complicated contemporary conflicts, the Israeli-Palestinian war. The story shows the impact of the conflict on Palestinian families, and the difficulties they face in preserving their reproductive rights and human dignity.

Some of the awarded authors will be present in the World Press Photo exhibition in Barcelona, ​​organized by the Photographic Social Vision Foundation with the support of the Banco Sabadell Foundation. The exhibition will take place from November 10 to December 12 at the Centro de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB). Tickets will be on sale in a few months, through the website There, you will also access to the sale of the exhibition catalog, the reservation of guided tours for schools, and exclusive content such as interviews with some of the winning photojournalists.

National authors awarded in various categories

The 1st Prize in Contemporary Issues, singles category, goes to Pablo Tosco, an Argentine who also has Spanish nationality and has lived in Barcelona for years, thanks to the image “Yemen: Hunger, Another War Wound”, which shows Fatima and her son preparing the fishing net in Yemen’s Khor Omeira Bay on February 12, 2020. Despite the devastation of her village, Fatima returned to resume her livelihood, buying a boat with the money she earned selling fish.

In addition, the three outstanding national authors in the nature and environment categories have won their 3rd prizes. The Basque Aitor Garmendia, obtains the third prize in Environment, stories category, with a report entitled “Inside the Spanish Pork Industry: The Pig Factory of Europe”, about the pig industry in Spain -one of the four largest exporters of pork meat in the world – and on the conditions of the animals on farms. Jaime Culebras from Extremadura wins third prize in Nature, singles category, for a photograph titled “New Life”, which shows the eggs of a Wiley’s glass frog, Nymphargus wileyi, hanging from the tip of a leaf in a tropical cloud forest, near the Yanayacu Biological Station, in Napo, Ecuador. And Luis Tato, a Spaniard living in Kenya, takes third prize also in Nature, stories category, for “Fighting Locust Invasion in East Africa”, the same report that earned him the nomination for World Press Photo of the Year.

And the Valencian Claudia Reig Valera receives a mention to the Outstanding Instructive Interactive by “Birth in the 21th century”, an interactive documentary directed by her, together with the interactive media director Àlex Badia. Produced by Barret Cooperativa, Lab RTVE and À Punt Mèdia, speaks about hospital models of care based on respect for women who give birth. This piece was also nominated for the Interactive Project of the Year in the World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest.

Finally, within the Digital Storytelling Contest, the World Press Photo Interactive of the Year has been won by “Reconstructing Seven Days of Protests in Minneapolis After George Floyd’s Death” by Holly Bailey (The Washington Post), Matt Daniels and Amelia Wattenberger (The Pudding). And “Calling Back From Wuhan”, by Yang Shenlai / Tang Shiaolan, has won the World Press Photo Online Video of the Year.

Here you will find more information about the main winners in the Photography Contest and in the Digital Narrative Contest.

Here you have the details of the winners in all the other categories in the Photography Contest and in the Digital Narrative Contest.

Star Photobook Dummy Award dedicated to Inés Casals

Inés Casals, our real star. © Amparo Tamarit

In 2021, we launched the first edition of the Star Photobook Dummy Award an annual prize organized by Photographic Social Vision Foundation in collaboration with three publishing houses: Phree, Ediciones Posibles and RM.

The Award is born as a tribute to Inés Casals (1970-2020), art director, graphic designer, dear friend and colleague, who left us in 2020. With this initiative, launched on 8th april, the day she was born, we want to honor her memory and cherish the legacy of her work, her creativity and her love for photobooks.


Inés has been a guiding star for many people, on both a professional and personal level. She was a passionate graphic designer and a photobook lover. Her approach to each project was enthusiastic, curious, optimistic and supportive.

“No te preocupes, yo te ayudo” (don’t worry, I will help you) she would often say to friends or photographers stuck in some sort of dilemma, and she always put the focus on the “I”, meaning that you could count on her. She was there for you.

Her love for beauty, form and color was paramount in her life and work. Her affectionate attention to detail and her empathetic attitude were unique traits together with the originality of her ideas and the love that permeated her creativity.

The Star Photobook Dummy Award wants to honor her legacy by offering a photographer the opportunity to publish a photobook with full support in the final process of optimization and publication. Always with the attention, passion and care that defined Inés in her life and work.

Inés you are a star, and this prize is, first of all, yours.