Xavier Minguella / Photography

my work 

My work is an author work so, I have my own style, my personal vision on the world. I put all my imagination to seek the best place for a session, indoor or outdoor, in a simple studio, everywhere may become the right placement.

I am specialized in human being, yes, I know, normally photographers are specialized in one subject as photojournalism, sports, weddings, fashion, etc., not me, is not my case, I like to do many things and in my website you are going to discover it.

Crec que el meu treball és un treball d'autor, tinc el meu propi estil i per tant, la meva pròpia visió de les coses, tant m'agrada trobar localitzacions improvitzant com buscar-les. Tant m'agrada treballar amb un fons d'estudi senzill com desplaçar-me i fer un muntatge en algún lloc on hi hagi una bona atmòsfera.

M'agrada retratar la gent i, retratar a la gent vol dir mostrar-la tal i com és, mostrar la bellesa que desprèn indiferentment del seu físic, no soporto massa que em vinguin amb posses estudiades, la base de tot és la comunicació i per tant, parlaré amb tu per treure't el millor i sovint el millor està en la mirada, la gestualitat, la naturalitat.

bio

I was born in Barcelona in 1970 and  in 1988  I moved to Brussels where I stayed around 15 years. During that time I got my Photography degree and I worked as a photographer during 8 years (6 in a Photo Store), then I was thinking about to move in a big city like Paris or New York but finally  I came back to my Catalonia and I stayed in the countryside thinking about to work everywhere but, Occidental Europe it is quite different to the South one, but in fact, Catalonia it was Spain.

In my childhood, drawing it was part of me, my personal extension to be in contact with the world around, but finally in 1995 I became photographer to work in Belgium, I tried in a small press newspaper and then, I got a photo studio-store where I experimented many different works, commercial and social photography. I believe that this experience it was very important to me  to get a professional base to open many doors.

During all the time  I spent in the Lleida countryside I was thinking about to open once again a studio, maybe next year (2022), but right now I can say, the world it is my studio, your house, an hotel, a park, a mountain, so many places are waiting for me so, even if I do not have a fixed place I am not going to stop creating, I love Photography.

Nascut a Barcelona el 1970, el 1988 vaig marxar cap a Brussel.les (on vaig obtindre el títol de fotògraf necessari per tenir accés a la fotografia comercial). Tot i que tenia pensat anar-m'en a viure a una gran ciutat com París o Nova York, finalment vaig decidir instal-lar-me en zona rural, a les Garrigues, terra natal dels meus pares. En principi havia de ser només quelcom temporal, un centre base per poder treballar arreu, però la realitat que vaig conéixer a l'Europa Occidental va resultar ser molt diferent a la de l'Europa del Sud.

De ben petit que m'estimulava el dibuix, de fet, vaig estudiar disseny gràfic i fins i tot vaig passar l'examen d'accés a la Facultat de Belles Arts de Barcelona, però finalment vaig estudiar Fotografia a Brussel.les doncs veia que la temàtica de les meves creacions em portava a la crítica social i, per guanyar efectivitat la fotografia esdevenia una eina fonamental.

Visc a les Borges Blanques i col-laboro habitualment en la publicació quinzenal "Som Garrigues", he treballat a Barcelona, Tarragona i Lleida, tant per empreses com per mitjans de comunicació i, sens dubte, per particulars.


prizes & grants

When you are Catalan in Spain, there is no grants for us, I tried sending some proposals to Madrid but in fact, Catalonia it is not Spain even if Spain says the opposite.

More than twenty times finalist (and published) in the International Contest of Photo (magazine, France) during 1990 to 2018.

Winner in the "Special Prize Televisió de Catalunya" in the Kodak contest "Objetivo, vivir a fondo", organized for the Olympic Games of Barcelona (1992).

Finalist in the photographic contest organized by Purina (Spain, 1992).

Many winning photographic minor contests and second or third places during 90's and 2000's in France and Catalonia.




exhibitions

I just exhibit twice in Art Galleries in Brussels and the rest in bars, I like showing my work in places where are not cultural spaces and, I am not really patient to wait for an exhibition in a Gallery so the fastest way, a bar or restaurant.

"Les cris du silence" Gallérie 1/1, 1998, Brussels.

"Le Grand H", bars and stores in the "Rue des Rénards", 2000, Brussels.


Contact

If you would like to buy fine art photography or an assingment, please send me a mail. I speak french and spanish too.

Si desitjeu adquirir obra o, els meus serveis, envieu-me un correu i us contactaré tant aviat sigui possible.

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