NOPHOTO

Artist selected by Fernández, Horacio at 2010


NOPHOTO is a contemporary photography collective set up in 2005 with the aim of raising the visibility of unconventional individual and collective projects. It has an open attitude to contents and a multidisciplinary approach to forms. It uses many different ways, such as the internet and digital projection, to promote projects and is personally involved in the process of managing and producing projects. NOPHOTO starts with a negation. NOPHOTO is not a photography agency; it’s an ATTITUDE. A way of seeing things. A revolution. A NO (there can never be too many NOs). With this approach in mind, NOPHOTO is open to any form of creation or exhibition.  The collective’s work offers an experienced look at everyday things that always leads to something extraordinary. This process is the result of group reflection and interaction in alternative creative processes.

 

“It’s not about swimming against the current; what we aim to do is walk slowly, stumble and look at the subtle differences between things, discover their rhythms. We try to describe an object, walk around it, stroke its outline and cover the whole of the perimeter. We ask about what it’s made of and what role it plays in history. We strive to squeeze the last drop from the subject without saying anything. We force ourselves to look with open eyes without solving anything. Not illustrating, not defining, not photographing. We like to un-photograph things and un-name them.” Juan Millás/NOPHOTO

Questions

1. What made you choose art as a profession?
NOPHOTO was born out of necessity when several young photographers were keen to set up an office for unconventional visual projects. The office would act as a platform for their own individual projects and as an engine for collective ones.

 

2. How would you define your work?
NOPHOTO projects are mostly photography contaminated with other disciplines (video, literature, design, installation) and are characterised by overseeing the entire process from the initial idea to public release.

 

3. What subjects are you interested in?
In general we’re interested in new forms of documentary photography and examining the ties between humans and images in the modern world.

 

4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
NOPHOTO focuses on the four parts of the photographic process: what to photograph, how to photograph it, how to be seen and where to be seen. And we’re willing to use any and all resources to carry out projects: video, projections, installations, editing, creating events, producing objects, etc.

 

5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
NOPHOTO works with the real world, although some projects venture into fictional documentary.

 

6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
There isn’t any point to art, but that’s not a negative thing. As someone one said, uselessness is the true measure of compromise.

 

7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at?
NOPHOTO projects are for all audiences; they aim to be open, understandable and certainly not highbrow. Some even need public participation to be carried out, eg the NOPHOTO VOZ line which aims to raise the visibility of disadvantaged groups.

 

8. What qualifications have you got? What do you value most from your time in education?
Almost all of us in NOPHOTO are university graduates: about half did technical degrees (engineers, physicists…) and half did arts degrees (art history, journalism…). It’s a strange mixture but it works.

 

9. How would you define your current professional situation? And in the future?
NOPHOTO grows steadily every year: we’re building more infrastructure and doing different things for new, unexpected clients.

 

10. Many artists say it’s difficult to make a living from their work; how do economic considerations affect you when it comes to work? Do you think this has a bearing on your work?
Of course it has a bearing, but at NOPHOTO we believe the challenge lies in turning jobs into personal work and tackling them as such. Understanding the client and their needs and getting them on board helps build trust and long-lasting relationships, creates spaces offering the freedom to work, and, most importantly of all, solves the client’s problems without creating new ones and offers additional ideas that go above and beyond the professional service required and exceeds what they expected.

 

11. What do you look for or expect from your relationship with promoters and curators? What advantages and difficulties have you found with these relationships?
We have a good relationship with promoters and curators, although sometimes NOPHOTO invades their space and takes over their role to speak directly to clients.

 

12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
NOPHOTO is based in Madrid, but aims to work worldwide for the whole world. Madrid is still only halfway there: things are happening and money and spaces are appearing, but it’s still not Paris or Berlin… In my (Juan Valbuena) personal opinion, as creators we ought to work harder to find good, feasible ideas that can be carried out at a reasonable price, and find clients for them. Something else Madrid could do is make more of the historical and idiomatic bonds with Latin America to create useful multidisciplinary ties.

Interview

http://archivodecreadores.es/file/4/4946/4946.flv

Curriculum vitae

NOPHOTO
Contemporary photography collective, Madrid.

 

Matías Costa, Iñaki Domingo, Paco Gómez, Jonquera, Carlos Luján, Juan Millás, Eduardo Nave, Tanit Plana, Eva Sala, Juan Santos, Carlos Sanva, Marta Soul, Juan Valbuena, Jonás Bel.

 

Proyectos (Selección)/Selected Projects
20 maneras de disponer una exposición, exhibition project to usher in the new year.
Vegaviana memoria colonizada, project about a settlement colony for Campo Adentro.
Vota NOPHOTO, action of putting up posters to show a new look.
A New World is Coming, office opening in China.

 

2010
Red. 25 anys de FGV, exhibition and book to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Government of Valencia’s rail system.
Es lo que tú puedes hacer. Nokia N8, custom multimedia pieces recorded with the new mobile phone and tutorials on its functions.
Somos un equipo ciclista, project about surviving in the environment.
Experimento Alfa-Saturio, urban intervention carried out with residents of Soria.
E•CO 2010. Encuentro de Colectivos Fotográficos Euroamericanos, presentation of the project Somos un equipo ciclista.
Contact, collaboration agreement.
Fotos, palabras y piezas de vídeo, fotocolectania. Showing based on the project Dime Algo.

 

2009
La ciencia es noticia. SINC, development of an advertising campaign.
Aquí y ahora. Fotografía documental en la España contemporánea, travelling exhibition project through Instituto Cervantes and AECID centres in Europe and Asia.
NOPHOTOVOZ. Creation of the collective’s participatory and social area.
You Are the Captain of my Heart, Nokia, viral marketing campaign on navigability.
Empresa municipal de promoción de Madrid, theme-based reports on Madrid.

 

2008
Agenda FNAC 2008, illustration with photographs on climate change.
LHFA explorando Usera. Madrid Abierto, participation in the project to open the Usera district towards the centre.
14 proyectos expositivos, Galería K, exhibition of 14 individual projects in miniature.
Aquí y ahora, Hubei Museum of Art, China. Collective exhibition on the Spanish situation.
La noche en blanco, Madrid City Council. Photographic documentation.
SINC/FECYT, photographic coverage for science-related events.

 

2007
La noche de los teatros, Madrid. Photographic documentation.
Madrid inmigrante, Community of Madrid, Magnum agency. Commissioned work on immigration.
Muta Matadero X NOPHOTO, PHotoEspaña 2007, Matadero Madrid. Exhibition project and book on the visual history of Matadero Madrid.
Visa pour l’image, presentation of the work.
En el barrio desde... FNAC Valencia, exhibition and installation project on the San Agustín neighbourhood of Valencia.
Laberinto de miradas, participation in the travelling exhibition with the project Muta Matadero.

 

2006
ARCO 2006: A retrospective, documentary work on the 25th year of the fair.
La noche de los libros, Community of Madrid. Photographic documentation.
OjodePez, Edited issue number 7 of the documentary photography magazine.
Naturaleza, PHotoEspaña 2006. Organised showings.
La noche en blanco, Madrid City Council. Photographic documentation.

 

2005
Nocontainer, installation of a portable space in the street to present the collective.

 

2004
Cercanías, documentary project on the 11-M attacks in Madrid.

 

Becas y Premios/Awards and Grants
2009
Archivo de Creadores de Madrid (Selección/Selected)

2006
Outstanding Photographer Award 2006, PHotoEspaña International Festival of Photography and the Visual Arts.

 

Contacto/Contact
Conde de Vistahermosa, 3. Local A (Office A)
28019 Madrid, España
(+34) 915 652 945
(+34) 914 691 188
info@nophoto.org
www.nophoto.org

 

MATÍAS COSTA (Buenos Aires, 1973) Matías Costa holds a degree in Journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid. He has won the World Press Photo Award on two occasions, as well as the Leica Ville de Vevey Prize, the Unicef Award and the Discoveries Award at PHotoEspaña 1998, and he has won grants from Fondation Hachette, Fundació ”La Caixa”, the Ministry of Culture and Joop Swart Masterclass. He has formed part of Agence VU in Paris and Panos Pictures in London. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, GEO, La Repubblica, Newsweek and Time Magazine. He has held exhibitions at PHotoEspaña in Madrid, the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Visa pour l’Image (Perpignan, France), ARCO (Madrid) and Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie (Arles, France), as well as at the Leica Gallery (New York), La Casa Encendida (Madrid), Centro de la Imagen (Mexico City) and Sørlandets Kunstmuseum (Norway). He has work in collections belonging to the Ministry of Culture, the Community of Madrid, Rotterdam Photographic Institute, the Photography Museum (Moscow) and private collections.

 

His personal projects deal with personal reconstruction after loss and the search for identity through geography and history.

 

IÑAKI DOMINGO (Madrid, 1978) 
Iñaki Domingo holds a degree in Information Sciences from the UNNE (Madrid) and a Master’s in Photography from the Centro de Imagen School of Photography (EFTI) in Madrid. He was a finalist in the Discoveries category at PHotoEspaña 2002 and was nominated for the KLM Paul Huf Award 2007 at FOAM, Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam. He won a grant from Joop Swart Masterclass. He is a frequent contributor to different media, publishing companies, advertising agencies and institutions and has held exhibitions at InJuve in Madrid and the Łódź Photofestival of Poland.

 

His personal projects explore the use of photography as a tool for introspection, using his own context in them to cover different concepts related with the fragility of contemporary existence.

 

PACO GÓMEZ (Madrid, 1971) 
Paco Gómez holds a degree in Road Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid. For eight years he worked in the laboratory of Juan Manuel Castro Prieto, developing the photographs of the most prestigious photographers (Ramón Masats, García Alix, Cristina García Rodero, Chema Madoz and Agustín Casasola, among others). He won the Caja Madrid Award in 1999, the InJuve Award in 2001 and the Outstanding Photographer Award at PHotoEspaña 2002. He won a grant from the Kafka Society (Prague, 2003) and is a frequent contributor to El País Semanal, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Matador, El Semanal, Calle 20 and the newspaper Público. He has held exhibitions at Sala Amadís in Madrid, Galería Esther Montoriol in Barcelona, the Fotofo Festival in Bratislava, AVA Gallery in Madrid and Palacio de Sástago (EXPO Zaragoza 2008). He has curated and designed exhibitions for Instituto Cervantes, Matadero Madrid and the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, among other places. He belongs to AgeFotostock and PhotoGalería.

 

His personal projects deal with the creation of parallel worlds through dreams, documentary research and fiction that seems real.



JORQUERA (Porriño, Pontevedra, 1972) 
Jorquera holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid. He has worked with Luis Asín and worked for two years in the laboratory of Juan Manuel Castro Prieto, developing the photographs of the most prestigious photographers (Ramón Masats, García Alix, Cristina García Rodero, Chema Madoz and Agustín Casasola, among others). He has won grants from FotoPress 2007 and Ángel de Fotografía 2007 and has put on exhibitions at the Escaparate de San Pedro in Madrid and the FotoNoviembre Festival in Tenerife. In 2002 he worked on China, focusing his project on the city of Wuhan in 2008.

 

His personal projects deal with subjective experience, the night and the difficult relationship with worlds that are disappearing or undergoing mutation. He describes himself as a publisher of impossible projects in the form of unique books like Cuaderno Número Cero, Cuaderno de China and Tao.



CARLOS LUJÁN (Valencia, 1975) 
Carlos Luján studied Image and Sound and later Photography at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios in Valencia. He won the InJuve Award in 2002 and the Fnac New Talent in Photography Award in 2004. He won grants from the Colegio de España en París and from Art Visual. He is a frequent contributor to national and international magazines (GEO, Marie Claire, El País Semanal, The Financial Times, etc.) and has held exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando Museum (RABASF) in Madrid, Instituto Cervantes in Paris, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, France and ARCO (Ministry of Culture’s stand, Madrid), among other places.

 

His personal projects always cover current events in different social spheres.



JUAN MILLÁS (Madrid, 1975) 
Juan Millás holds a degree in Art History from the Autonomous University of Madrid. He was nominated for the KLM Paul Huf Award 2007 at FOAM Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam and won a grant from Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland) as a participating photographer in the event Plat(t)form 08. Represented by the Italian agency Grazia Neri in Milan, he has held exhibitions at the Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM) in Valencia, Fundación Astroc in Madrid, the Conde Duque Cultural Centre in Madrid, in the galleries of the different Fnac España headquarters and in Galería Oliva Arauna in Madrid. He has work in collections belonging to the Valencian Institute of Modern Art, the Artistic Heritage of the Autonomous University of Madrid and the Spanish Railway Foundation (FFE) in Madrid.

 

His personal projects deal with chance, disorder and the possibility of tracking paths of meaning through photographic stories.



EDUARDO NAVE (Valencia, 1976) 
Eduardo Nave studied Photography at the School of Arts and Crafts of Valencia. He has won and been a finalist for many awards (Fujifilm Euro Press Photo Awards 2004, FotoNoviembre, Purificación García, among others) and has won grants from the National Photography School in Arles (France), the Colegio de España en París, Fundación Marcelino Botín and Casa de Velázquez. He has held exhibitions at the fairs ARCO in Madrid, México Arte Contemporáneo (MACO) in Mexico City, Paris Photo, D-PHOTO (San Sebastián) and Photo London, as well as at Instituto Cervantes in Paris and the Conde Duque Cultural Centre in Madrid. He is represented by Galería Estiarte in Madrid and has work in collections belonging to the Ministry of Culture in Madrid, the Cartier-Bresson family, the Congress of Deputies in Madrid, Fundación Ordoñéz-Falcón in San Sebastián, Banco de Sabadell and the city councils of Madrid, Tenerife, Alcobendas (Madrid) and Valencia, in addition to private collections.

 

His personal projects deal with places where important events have taken place and the possibility that places hold memories of things that happened in them.



EVA SALA (Madrid, 1974)
Eva Sala holds a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the Complutense University of Madrid and studied Photography at the IMEFE in Madrid. She collaborates in the Audiovisual Publication and Production Department at Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. She received a grant from the Photojournalism Seminar of Albarracín (Teruel) and is a frequent contributor to Minerva, Marie Claire, Elle, Mía, El Duende and Ronda Iberia. She has given showings at PHotoEspaña, Sevilla Foto and the Encuentro Fotográfico de México and has held exhibitions at the Royal Photographic Society of Madrid. She is represented by the Luzdia Gallery of Contemporary Photography (Madrid).

 

Her personal projects deal with the relationship between the human body and nature, as well as the balances and tensions that may arise between them. In the objects she photographs, she seeks the intimate stories that they evoke.
 


JUAN SANTOS (Cáceres, 1968) 
Juan Santos holds a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Valladolid. He won the Cultures Award in 2008 (Awards for Intercultural Dialogue) from the Ministry of Culture and was selected for the Discoveries Award at PHotoEspaña 2002 and 2003. He has published in El País Semanal, Público and Newsweek and has held exhibitions at the festivals FotoNoviembre, PhotoEspaña and Getxophoto, as well as at the Conde Duque Cultural Centre, Círculo de Bellas Artes and the Canal de Isabel II Exhibition Hall, all three in Madrid. He has put on the following photography-based street interventions: La noche de las palabras in Gijón, 2005; Palabras Cruzadas at Festival PHotoEspaña 05, in Madrid; and Palabras que guardan abismos at Getxophoto 07 in Getxo, Bilbao.

 

His personal projects deal with communication and signs, covering the different conceptual levels and possibilities for reading images.



CARLOS SANVA (Madrid, 1978)  Carlos Sanva holds a degree in Communication Sciences from the UNNE in Madrid and a Master’s from the Centro de Imagen School of Photography (EFTI) in Madrid. He won the InJuve Award for Photography in 2006 and was selected for the Purificación García photography contest in 2007. He has held exhibitions at the Canal de Isabel II in Madrid, Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid and the PhotoImagen Festival in Guatemala. He has work in collections belonging to ARTIUM in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the Ministry of Culture and the Community of Madrid. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Photographer Award at PHotoEspaña 2009.

 

His personal projects deal with the certainty that the world is very strange and are marked by a profound sense of irony that questions certain social codes.


MARTA SOUL (Madrid, 1973) 
Marta Soul studied Photography and Design. She has won awards and special mentions from the Royal Photographic Society (2003), InJuve (2003), Purificación García (2004 and 2006) and the Certamen Unicaja de Fotografía (2007), as well as grants from the Community of Madrid’s Ministry of the Arts (2005), Obra Social ”la Caixa”, Fotopress 07 and AVAM’s Madrid Procesos Redes (2007), in addition to an Iniciarte 2008 art creation grant from the Government of Andalusia. She has held exhibitions in the Canal de Isabel II Exhibition Hall, the Conde Duque Cultural Centre, Círculo de Bellas Artes (all three in Madrid), CaixaForum in Barcelona, FotoNoviembre in Tenerife, the Łódź Fotofestival of Poland, Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland) and ARCO (Madrid). She is represented by Galería Visor in Valencia.

 

Her personal projects reflect on the interaction between image and reality in the sense of mutual influence between the two, departing from the established roles of identity, sexuality and appearance within current society.




JUAN VALBUENA (Madrid, 1973) 
Juan Valbuena holds a degree in Theoretical Physics from the Autonomous University of Madrid. He is a coordinator at Proyecta, teacher of the workshop “Photography as a Personal Project” and director of the publishing company Phree. He has curated exhibitions, organised the Naturaleza showing session (PHotoEspaña Festival 2006) and was photo editor of issue number 7 of the magazine OjodePez. He won the Discoveries Award at PHotoEspaña 2001 and the LeadAward 2008. He won grants from Fotopress 2001, Obra Social Caja Madrid’s Generación 2002 and as an artist-in-residence at Galerie Atelier de Visu (Marseille, France), and he was also nominated for World Press Photo Masterclass 2004. He had held exhibitions at PHotoEspaña 2008, Instituto Cervantes de Madrid and Beirut (Lebanon), the Escaparate de San Pedro in Madrid, Fundació ”la Caixa” Cultural Centre in Barcelona, the History Museum of Valencia (MHV), the Festival des Itineraires de Photographes Voyageurs (Bordeaux, France) and Pinacoteca Provinziale di Bari (Italy).

 

His personal projects deal with territory, travel and memory and are influenced by other disciplines such as editing/publishing, video and literature.



JONÁS BEL (Madrid, 1978) 
Jonás Bel holds a degree in Art History from the Autonomous University of Madrid and studied Professional and Digital Photography at the Centro de Imagen School of Photography (EFTI) in Madrid. He is also a graduate in Documentary Film Screenplay and Direction at the Cine-NIC Institute in Madrid. He creates and produces sports rebroadcasts on TV and is a frequent contributor to the production companies Zeppelin TV, Guadiana Producciones and Vector-3. He was a finalist in the Purificación García photography contest in 2003 and has given showings at Sevilla Foto, the PHotoEspaña Festival and Getxophoto. He has held exhibitions at ARCO’04 in Madrid, Matadero Madrid and K Galeria in Lisbon, among others.

 

His personal projects deal with daily life through research into documentary formats that straddle photography and video.