Joan Fontcuberta is a renowned conceptual photographer as well as being a writer, editor, curator and teacher, who has played a signi cant role in the task of achieving international recognition in the favour of the history of Spanish photography.
Fontcuberta graduated in Communication at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1977. After working in advertising, he taught at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona from 1979-1986. He was one of the founders of Photovision magazine, originally launched in 1980, becoming a major publication in the eld of European photography. Since 1993 he is professor of Communication Studies at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.
Among the most representative institutions where his work has been exhibited we nd: MACBA (Barcelona), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), CCCB (Barcelona), MNAC (Barcelona), Zabriskie Gallery (New York), the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg), Harvard University (USA), MOMA (New York), the Maison Européene de la Photographie (Paris) etc. In 1994 he was ordained Knight of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. In 2011 he won the National Essay Prize Essay in Spain and in 2013 he obtained the prestigious Hasselblad Photography Award. In 2016 he was awarded the Ciutat de Barcelona Prize for his contribution to “the theoretical re ection on the role of images in contemporary culture” with his publication “The fury of images. Notes on post-photography”.