Saturday, 8 May 2010
PEP VENTOSA’s lifelong passion for photography began with his first camera at the age of 10. He learned the mechanics of the darkroom at Escola d’Arts i Oficis Artístics de l’Alt Penedès in Vilafranca, Spain, and later taught himself the possibilities of the new digital darkroom.
His work is focused on an exploration of the medium itself - deconstructing and reconstructing photographic images to create new visual experiences.
Ventosa received top honors in 2009, including both a People's Choice Award and a winning Juror Selection from among thousands of entries from more than 85 countries in the prestigious Prix de la Photographie Paris competition, as well as an Honorable Mention in the London International Creative Competition. His photographs have exhibited in the U.S., Spain, Germany, France, and Switzerland, and have been jury selected for special exhibitions by the late Robert Rosenblum, curator of 20th Century Art at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Pritzker Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Royal Photographic Society of Madrid among others. His work is in the permanent collection of the Crocker Art Museum and his creative work processes are used as a teaching guide for photography students.
Born in 1957 in Vilafranca del Penedès (Barcelona), Spain, Ventosa currently lives near San Francisco, California.
☁ PEP VENTOSA