So long to DOCfield

Photographic Social Vision says goodbye to DOCfield to address new social challenges through photography

After a thoughtful evaluation process, DOCfield says goodbye. There have been six valuable editions of the Documentary Photography Festival of Barcelona and it’s been a pride for Photographic Social Vision to have contributed them to the cultural agenda of the city.

In this Foundation we have worked hard and enjoyed carrying out this beloved project and, in the process, we have grown, learned, shared and also struggled to achieve the goal that motivated it: to see the social value of documentary photography recognized and to spread its dissemination among the public of Barcelona, ​​through an extensive program of exhibitions and activities.

However, Photographic Social Vision is in the process of reviewing its lines of action with the firm purpose of redefining the most effective way to continue supporting and strengthening the field of professional visual journalism. In this evaluation exercise, we feel the need to bet on more effective ways to carry out our mission, such as those referring to our Education and Professional areas, which demonstrate greater success and social return than that provided with the organization of an event increasingly less sustainable each year it passed.

There have been six intense years in which we have spread effectively and with care the work of more than 600 authors, organized more than 180 free exhibitions throughout the city and brought to light stories and testimonies that would hardly have reached our media. And all this thanks to the complicity of many agents and exhibition venues in the sector and the trust placed in the human and professional team of our entity.

We close the doors of the Festival, thanks above all to the faithful audience attending each of its editions. Also to the artistic directors Arianna Rinaldo, Jessica Murray, Natasha Christia and Helena Velez Olabarria, whose contribution of experience, professionalism and passion have been key to guarantee a stimulating program, year after year, of the highest photographic quality.

We also appreciate the decisive institutional support received from the Generalitat de Catalunya, and especially the main collaboration of the Banco Sabadell Foundation, as well as the unconditional participation of EGM as technology partner, and the sponsorship of FUJIFILM, in addition to the collaboration of the City Council of Barcelona and from  OXFAM Intermón.

Inspired by the DOCfield spirit, we will continue to create and develop new and stimulating quality projects to enhance the social value of documentary photography and to continue strengthening the development of its professionals.