Matias Costa — Workshop
Tel: + 34 913 601 325
Metro: Anton Martin / Atocha
Making photographs is in a way like making a map. One embarks on a search in an indefinite fashion, following an intuition, and then begins creating points of reference in each photograph. This cartography arises from our own steps, and as a result, our artwork begins to take shape.
This workshop aims to emphasis the idea that the process itself is a natural driving force for creative activity. Costa will share with the participants his experience over the past 20 years as a narrator in images. Convinced that the evolution of the photographer unfolds alongside his or her own vital and personal development, he will give special attention to the decisions that we make as photographers concerning the subjects, narrative, aesthetic and the sources from where our referential universe originates.
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He has published the books Zonians (La Fábrica, 2015), The Family Project (Bokeh, 2012) and Photobolsillo Matias Costa (La Fábrica, 2014). He is a regular contributor to The New York Times and El País Semanal, and member of the British agency Panos Pictures. A founding member of the collective NOPHOTO, he teaches documentary photography at the Escuela Universitaria TAI, and associate instructor at EFTI and LENS in Madrid.
Throughout his career, he has received numerous international recognitions, including a World Press Photo on two occasions, the FotoPres Grant and the Descubrimientos PHE Award. Noteworthy exhibitions of his work have been shown at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Panamá.
His work as a documentary photographer shows an interest for issues concerning territory, identity, and memory. He relays stories of people and communities that are confronted with unexpected changes and what occurs in the face of new vital situations.