About

About

Maria Contreras Coll (1991, Barcelona, Spain) is a documentary photographer and photojournalist based in Barcelona, Spain and Kathmandu, Nepal.

Maria became interested in photography at the age of 14 when she was given her first digital camera. She decided to study a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts in Photography at the University of Barcelona (2010-2014). During those years, she investigated the concept of happiness, unrealized dreams and people's hopes overwhelmed by the rush of urban life. Her documentary projects such as “Ah!” and “Persona” were exhibited at the Català Roca Golferichs center in 2013, and at the University of Barcelona in 2014.

After finishing her degree, she studied a postgraduate in Photojournalism (2015-2016) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona as a valedictorian. She spent the next year photographing intimate and personal aspects of the Refugee Crisis in Europe, traveling to affected areas such as Greece, France, Germany or Morocco. After that, she moved to Nepal in 2017 to work on a women’s rights project.

Since then, her work has been published in Al Jazeera, Le Figaro or GEO Magazine among others. She has been a guest speaker at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and her work has been shown in places such as Getty Images Gallery in London or in the DocField Festival in Barcelona. Recently she’s been selected for the Women Photograph Mentorship 2017-2018 and to attend the XXXI Eddie Adams Workshop. She was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass 2018-2019, and won the Click Grant 2017 to continue with her work in Nepal.

Maria is an enthusiastic and creative person. She has the need to tell people’s stories in a rigorous and well-investigated manner, capturing global problems such as the Refugee European Crisis from a very intimate and personal perspective. She is able to adapt to very different situations, always with the aim of photographing them in a very sensitive and truthful way. Maria is especially interested in Migration movements, in Gender issues, and in how social structures can affect women’s lives in different cultures, religions, and countries. She is represented by Photographic Social Vision and UPIFC

Maria is available for assignments worldwide and is currently based in Barcelona, Spain. +34630711850 


AWARDS, GRANTS, AND WORKSHOPS
2018
XXXI Eddie Adams Workshop, selected
Women Photograph Mentorship, winner
Joop Swart Masterclass, nominee
"31 women to watch out for", British Journal of Photography
PH Museum Women Photographers Grant, shortlisted and honorable mention
Up Residency in Milano, winner
Lucie Foundation Scholarship, shortlisted
Marilyn Stafford Fotoreportage Award, shortlisted and honorable mention
Days Japan International Awards, finalist
Portraits - Hellerau Photography Award, finalist
The Moscow International Foto Awards, silver medal
2017
Click Grant, winner
XVIII Seminar of Photography and Journalism Grant for study Photojournalism in Efti School, winner
XVIII Seminar of Photography and Journalism Grant, winner
ND Awards Editorial: Documentary Photography category, honorable mention
Photogrvphy Grant, nominee
Lucie Foundation Scholarship, nominee
Renaissance Photography Grant, nominee
2016
World Press Photo Masterclass in Barcelona

EXHIBITIONS
2018
"This Is The Sound Of The Suburbs", Fabrica del Vapore, Milano, Italy
"Journey To Impurity", Love me Tender global tour by Slideluck Editorial, Barcelona, Spain, Lagos, Nigeria, Bari, Italy, Fortaleza, Brazil
"Journey To Impurity", showcased Photo Vogue Festival, Milan, Italy
"Journey To Impurity", Solo exhibition in Aljub Espai Art, Figueres, Spain
"Journey To Impurity", Biennal Xavier Miserachs, Palagurgell, Spain

"Mortal Again", Visa Off, Visa Pour L'Image, Perpignan, France
"Mortal Again", Espai Català Roca, Barcelona, Spain

"We Keep Waiting", Les Bernardes, Girona, Spain
2017
"Melilla, the gateway of Europe", IX Jornades Masnou, Masnou, Spain
"We Keep Waiting",  Docfield, Barcelona, Spain
"We Keep Waiting", Looking For Refuge, organized by CEAR (Spanish Commission for Refugee Assistance),  Casa de Vacas,  Madrid, Spain

"Hope", Renaissance Photography, Getty Images Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2014
"Persona”, Freedonia Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
"Persona", Titols, University of Fine Arts, in Barcelona, Spain
“Ah!",Espai Català Roca, in Barcelona, Spain

PUBLICATIONS AND CLIENTS
GEO, 6Mois, Al Jazeera, Internazionale, Le Temps,  Le Figaro, Open Society Fundations, Vice Media, El Pais, El Mundo, Diari Ara

TALKS
2016/2018
Documentary Photography lecture, Postgraduate Degree in Photojournalism, University of Barcelona,
2017
Migration in Europe, Radio Nacional de España (National Radio of Spain) Radio 4, Barcelona, Spain
Documentary Photography and Photojournalism panel, "IX Jornades Masnou, photography in 360º", Barcelona, Spain
Menstrual Restrictions in West and East, Baitadi University, Baitadi, Nepal
Documentary Photohraphy, Social Vision meeting in Estudi Seltona, Barcelona, Spain