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Joan Colom

  • Joan Colom © Domènec Umbert / EL MUNDO

    Joan Colom © Domènec Umbert / EL MUNDO






Date of birth


Date of death

Sep 3, 2017

"Photographer. He was a member of the 'New Avant-Garde' movement in photography of the 1960s and is a pioneer in the composition of photographic series."

He was born in Barcelona in 1921 and took his first steps in photography in 1957, within the Agrupación Fotográfica group in Barcelona, while he was still a company accountant. In 1961 he had his first major exhibition of a selection of his work, a pioneering reportage based on the hidden camera technique, taken in the Raval neighbourhood of Barcelona. The work inspired the book by Camilo José Cela 'Izas, rabizas y colipoterras' (1964). His depiction of the marginalised environment of Raval received the National Photography Award in 2002. Much of his work can be seen in the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC).He died on 3 September 2017.


National Photography Award (2002)
Gold Medal for Cultural Merit from the Barcelona Town Hall (2003)
National Visual Arts Award (2004)
Cross of San Jorge from the Regional Government of Catalonia (2006) 

Highlighted works

  • Fotografies catalanes dels anys 50
  • Temps de Silenci: Panorama de la fotografia espanyola dels anys cinquanta i seixanta
  • El Carrer
  • Resonancias: Brassaï-Paris/Colom-Barcelona
  • Joan Colom: Photographs of Barcelona, 1958-1964
  • Joan Colom: Les gens du Raval
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