Is a documentary photographer based in Barcelona, Spain. Maria is especially interested in Gender issues, and how social structures can affect women’s lives.
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.