Born in Barcelona, 1968
Freelance for newspapers and internationals magazines.
In the last 25 years, Alfons has been travelling across more than 95 countries, reporting from Iraq, North Korea, Jaffna, the Potosi Mines, San Pedro Penitenciary and Choquequirao Citadel. Other works covered leprosy, an intense gaze into the bowels of Mumbai, the war in DR Congo, the social truth in South Africa and the genocide of Srebrenica in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
His latests efforts are a documentary project, The Third Rider, a deep insight on starvation and undernutrition around the world and the project Genoscidere, about XX century genocides around the World, the sahrawi state of RASD, ebola and the belorussian dictatorship.
His topics are mainly based in documentary reporting, anthropology and expeditions. Alfons sees his job as the way to live and a spiritual exercise. Photography is the tool to express in a tangible way his gaze and his perception of life.
Alfons’ pictures have been published in several media around the world, including for example the National Geographic Magazine in Spain, Italy and Portugal, Der Spiegel, La Repubblica, Vogue, Geo, Traveler, Doc! Photo Magazine, The Courrier, Slobodna, La Vie, The Moments Count Journal, History National Geographic, Gatopardo, El Mundo, La Vanguardia Magazine, El País, El Periódico, The British Journal of Photography, Doc! Photo Mgazine, Lens NYT and Yo Dona. "Walata and Tichitt, heart and soul of the Mauritanian desert", "Figuig, Memories of an oasis", "Between Gazes" and "The Third Rider" are among his books. His work has been exhibited in Spain, United States, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal and Italy.
Alfons teaches photojournalism in private schools and Universities worldwide. He cofounded and runs several projects, such as GEA PHOTOWORDS and Caja Azul Photography, is a member of Reporters sans Frontières, and is part of the international network of voluntary photographers Shoot4Change and one of his representative in Spain. He collaborated with the United Nations, Médecins sans frontières, Action contre la faim, Mon-3, OXFAM and other international organizations and NGOs.
The awards he received include the REVELA award, the Spain National Social Reportage Award 2010, a mention in the XIV International Award of Medicus Mundi Luís Valtueña and the Prix Pont in Ars to his career. In 2011 he received one of the most important Spanish awards: the Godó Award of Photojournalism.
In 2012 his work The Third Rider has been honored by the King Felipe VI in the XVI Codespa Awards. The Culture department of Catalonia Government considered him as one of the most prominent catalan photojournalists at present. In 2015 received a Honorable mention in The International ETTL Photo Awards organized by The Open Society Initiative for West Africa for his work on the ebola consequences
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