12 photographers to collect

May 27, 2022

12 photographers to collect

On the occasion of PhotoEspaña, Festival of Photography and Visual Arts, which celebrates its 25th anniversary from 1 June to 28 August 2022, we would like to highlight 12 photographers to collect. 

Photography is an art that seeks to reinterpret reality and capture it in images. We show the opportunity to get to know the latest trends in photographic art and some of the projects of internationally renowned artists.


Featured artist. Ouka Leele

Ouka Leele, The Kiss, 1980, Photograph, 30 x 40 cm



Bárbara Allende Gil de Biedma (Madrid, Spain, 1957) was one of the main protagonists of the Movida madrileña of the early 1890s. Self-taught, her characteristic black-and-white photographs, hand-painted in watercolour, stand out. He mixed Spanish traditions with a great deal of colour typical of this artist. Her work was exhibited in cities such as Paris, London, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, New York and others. In 2005 she was awarded the National Photography Prize.

His work has been reproduced in many magazines such as Diorama, Photo Magazine, Telos, Dezine, or Reviste Actuel. He collaborated in almost all editions of the festival ARCO, which houses part of his work in its collection.


1. Eduard Ibáñez

Eduard Ibáñez, Mimesis N6 , 2017 , Photography, 36,5 x 47 cm


Eduard Ibáñez (Valencia, Spain, 1954) holds a PhD in Fine Arts and is a lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. A painter and engraver for more than three decades, he has focused his research work on the photographic medium. He is a master of photomontages and his photographs have been exhibited in prestigious galleries such as Visor (Valencia), Vrais Rêves (Lyon), Claude Samuel (Paris), as well as in museums and institutional spaces and in the most important art fairs.


2. Paula Anta

Paula Anta, Untitled, , 2018 , Photography, 65 x 45 cm


Paula Anta (Madrid, Spain, 1977) is a Spanish artist and photographer who focuses her work between the natural and the artificial, all united by structures created by human beings. She graduated and received her degree and doctorate in Fine Arts, with an international mention, from the Complutense University of Madrid. As a creator, she has received numerous awards and grants, both national and international, including the Atelierfrankfurt (Germany) artistic creation grant.


3. Angelica Arbulú

Angélica Arbulú, M Against the Volcano , 2014 , Photography, 56 x 76 cm


Angélica Arbulú (Mexico City, Mexico, 1973) seeks to capture the essence of the mundane and make the ordinary seem unique and the everyday look beautiful and exotic.Photography has been her passion from an early age. Angélica began studying photography in 1990 at the Centro de Artes Visuales (CEV) in Madrid. She is mainly self-taught, but has taken workshops with Chien-Chi Chang (Magnum), Ron Haviv (VII) and Tito Herrera (STUDIO at Getty Images). He was fortunate to be mentored by the late Tim Hetherington (Magnum), winner of the World Press Photo of the Year award.

4. João Santos

João Santos, Sem titulo , 2018 , Photography, 71 x 106 cm


The work of João Santos (Porto, Portugal) is present in numerous private and institutional collections in Portugal, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Greece, England, Dubai, India and the United States. He received the Abel Manta Painting Prize in 2015. His work subtly explores irony as well as paradoxes of the human condition in contemporary society such as tension, fame, desire, happiness, disappointment or success. He tries to deconstruct through a clean and rigorous language, with a strong visual impact, possible limits of the graphic power of painting.


5. José María Mellado 

José María Mellado, , Rowing home,, 2010 , Photography, 42 x 58 cm


José María Mellado (Almería, Spain, 1966) has positioned himself as one of the most outstanding photographers in Spain and his landscapes, fruits of a tireless and personal search for beauty in the apparently vulgar, anodyne or decadent, enjoy great recognition at an international level. He has participated in important fairs such as ArtBasel, Art Brussels, Art Cologne, Art Karlsruhe, Photo Miami, Pulse, SCOPE, ArteLisboa or ARCO. His work has been awarded more than a hundred times and his works are in important collections and museums, highlighting the Permanent Collection of the Reina Sofia National Museum, Borusan Contemporary of Istanbul, Chazen Museum of Art (Wisconsin, USA), Contemporary Art Collection of the Community of Madrid, Andalusian Center of Contemporary Art among others.


6. Andrés Galeano 

Andrés Galeano, Observant l'Observatori 2 , 2021 , Photography, 87 x 62 x 4 cm


Andrés Galeano (Mataró, Spain, 1980) graduated in Philosophy at the UB in Barcelona (2003), in Photography at the FFS Stuttgart (2006, Germany) and in Free Art at the KHB Berlin (2012). His work is interdisciplinary and encompasses media such as photography, video and performance. His projects include Unknown PhotographersThe Analogue Photo Album, which explores the photo's desire to transcend the instant through the analogue photo album; Afotoswhich investigates the concept of the non-photo; Google In ViewHe has participated in numerous performance festivals and exhibitions in Europe, Canada, Latin America and the USA.


7. Gisèle Freund

Gisèle Freund, Simone de Beauvoir , ca. 1954-1960 , Photograph, 30,4 x 25,5 cm


Gisèle Freund (Berlin, Germany, 1908-2000) was a German-born French photographer and author of important texts on photography. Her photographic work began with photojournalism but also included portraits of famous people such as Virginia Woolf, James Joyse, Colette, among others. She received several awards throughout her career and in 1978 she was awarded the culture prize of the German photography association and in 1980 the Grand Prix des Arts of the French Ministry of Culture. 


8. Maria Maria Acha-Kutscher

María María Acha-Kutscher, Womankind. Maybe 1 , 2015 , Photography, 40 x 30,5 cm


María María Acha-Kutscher (Lima, Peru, 1968) is a visual artist and co-director with Tomás Ruiz-Rivas of the experimental art project Antimuseo. The main focus of Acha-Kutscher's work is women. Her history, the struggles for emancipation and equality, and the cultural construction of femininity. Acha-Kutscher organises her work in long-term projects, and for each one she develops a unique language and methodology. She has had solo exhibitions in cities such as Lima, Haifa, Mexico City and Sarajevo. Recently, the exhibition of his project Womankind at La Virreina Centro de la Imagen in Barcelona was celebrated by press and public alike. She received the Contemporary Art Creation Award from the Madrid City Council in 2017 and the Biennial of Photography 2014 in Mexico.


9. Carlos Pérez Siquier

Carlos Pérez Siquier, La niña Blanca , 1957 , Photography, 48 x 33 cm


Carlos Pérez Siquier (Almería, Spain, 1930-2021) is a photographer considered to be one of the pioneers of the photographic avant-garde in our country. His interest in anthropology and landscapes led him to portray tourism on the Poniente and Cabo de Gata-Níjar coasts from the 1970s to the mid-1990s.His works can be found in institutions such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Telefónica and La Caixa foundations and Foto Colectania, and during his career he was awarded the National Photography Prize in 2003, the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Fine Arts Prize in 2005, the Bartolomé Ros Prize in 2013 and the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts in 2018.


10. Ana Torralva

Ana Torralva, S/T , 2014 , Photography, 50 x 50 cm


Ana Torralva (Cádiz, Spain, 1957) holds a degree in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. She currently teaches photography at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Salamanca. Ana Torralva is an Andalusian photographer considered one of the best portrait photographers in Spain. Flamenco and more specifically the Festival de Cante de las Minas, Murcia, has become her central work, which she has exhibited almost all over the world. Portraiture has given her her greatest artistic and professional recognition. She has published portraits of a multitude of writers, musicians and people linked to show business in the general and specialised press. She has been in charge of the Portrait Gallery of the Magistrates of the Constitutional Court in Madrid.


11. Juan Uslé

Juan Uslé, CIELO VERDE, DUSSELDORF , 2012 , Photography, 28 x 21 cm


Juan Uslé (Cantabria, Spain, 1954) is one of Spain's most internationally renowned artists, widely known for his abstract paintings. In addition to his large-format paintings, characterised by their combination of gesture and geometry, he is also a committed photographer whose lens offers an intimate and close-up view of the universe around him. In 2002, he received the Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas, a national arts prize awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. He works both in New York City and in Saro in Cantabria.


12. Jesus Chamizo

Jesús Chamizo, Circles 2, 2022, Photography, 120 x 120 cm


Jesús Chamizo (Madrid, Spain, 1961) has been focusing his most personal work on the architectural landscape for years. Chamizo has found other ways of expression and, above all, of showing architecture through images based on emotions, opening the mind to new spaces that sometimes move in a different dimension to the usual one, and throughout his career he has participated in various solo and group exhibitions, winning numerous national and international awards. Sol, Cannes, Lux, Epica, N. York Festival, ND, FAPA, TIFA, Px3, MIFA, Pano Awards, BIFA, IPA...