I’m a Madrileño, a city dweller, who loves arts, cooking vegan food for friends, long walks, travel and find new adventures along the way. I have more than 15 years of experience working in media, specially as a photographer and videographer. I like to create things with wood and design artist books. Also I've found that nothing satisfies me more than working with people and developing new relationships. As an artist, I like to reflect on contemporary social issues from interdisciplinary perspectives.


Photography by Nicolás Llasera

Artist Statement

Carlos Alba (born 1984 in Madrid, Spain) is visual artist working mainly with photography, video, painting, installation and performance. His work is focused on human an non-human relations in the modern world, specially in subjects related with his life. He uses his art work as a therapy to understand his feelings, his past, his masculinity, and his fears. He is exploring issues from everyday life especially those which affect vulnerable living beings. His tools are objects and archives that help him to find the final visual art work that he wants to make.


2003-2005 Photography & Film, UFV, Madrid, Spain.
2017-2018 MA Photography, University of the Arts London, UK.
2019 Photography and Curation, The Photographers Gallery/University of the Arts London, UK.

Solo Exhibitions

2021 The Taste Of The Wind.  Art Photo BCN. Barcelona, Spain.

2018 The Taste Of The Wind. Tyghuset. Landskrona Foto Festival, Sweden.
2018 The Observation of Trifles. UAL Holborn Gallery. London, UK.

2017 The Observation of Trifles. Auditorio de Galicia. Zona C. Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

2016 The Observation of Trifles. La Fabrica Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
2016 The Observation of Trifles. PHOTOESPAÑA. El Águila. Madrid, Spain.

2011 Fashion Victim. Colegio de España. Paris, France.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 I'll Bet The Devil My Head. Lianzhou Museum of Photography, Guangdong, China. 

2020 Qui Va Lá?  Colegio de España, Paris, France. 
2020 The Taste Of The Wind Landskrona Foto both at Art Photo BCN in Arts Santa Mónica, Barcelona, Spain.

2019 The Taste Of The Wind is displayed on digital screens across Southbank Centre during 'Diane Arbus: in the beginning' show at Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre. London, UK.

2018. In Other Image, When Words Fail. SIPF, Singapore.
2018. ;. Enterprise Projects. London, UK.
2018. Collaborate. Photoworks at Free Range. London, UK.
2018. Xhibit. Berdmondsey Project Space, London, UK.
2018. Un cierto panorama – reciente fotografía de autor en España. CCE. Lima, Peru.
2018. T3 Photo Festival Tokyo. TIPC winners show. HeadOn. Sidney, Australia.
2018. T3 Photo Festival Tokyo. TIPC winners show. G. Gallery. Taipei, Taiwan.
2018. T3 Photo Festival Tokyo. TIPC winners show. Wonder Foto Day. Taipei, Taiwan.
2018. T3 Photo Festival Tokyo. TIPC winners show. UPI Gallery, Brooklyn. New York, USA.

2017. Mapamundistas 17. La Ciudadela. Pamplona, Spain.
2017. Photo Book Phenomenon. CCCB / Foto Colectania. Barcelona, Spain.
2017. Photo Book Week Aarhus. Aarhus, Denmark.
2017. Un cierto panorama – reciente fotografía de autor en España. Sala Canal de Isabel II. Madrid, Spain.
2017. Habitat. Format Festival. Derby, UK.
2017. Proyecta. Imaginando otros posibles. Madrid, Spain.

2016. The myths of the near future. DOCfield. Arts Santa Mónica. Barcelona, Spain.
2016. Grand Prix Fotofestiwal. Art Inkubator. Lodz, Poland.
2016. Festival Circulation(s). Le Centquatre. Paris, France.
2016. Identity Flows. La Triennale di Milano. Milan, Italy.
2016. Upho Fotofestival. Málaga, Spain.
2016. RPS International Photobooks. Espacio Gallery, London. UK.
2016. RPS International Photobooks. Impressions Gallery, Bradford. UK.
2016. Scan Photobooks. Tinglado 2. Tarragona, Spain.
2016. Museum of Photography, Thesaloniki. Greece.
2016. Bitume PhotoFest. Lecce, Italy.

2014. Self. Bristol Festival of Photography, UK.

2011. La Mujer Española. Ministerio de Sanidad, Politica Social e Igualda. Madrid, Spain.

Awards and Grants

2021 Selected Futures 2021. Amsterdam, Holland. 

2020 Finalist Best Photobook Of The Year with The Taste Of The Wind. PhotoEspaña, Madrid, Spain.

2019 Finalist Getxo Photo. Bilbao, Spain.
2019 Grant Fiebre Lab. Madrid, Spain.

2018 Selected Singapore International Photography Festival. Portfolio Showcase. Singapore.
2018 Selected Xhibit,  the annual exhibition showcasing the best emerging talent from UAL. London, UK.

2017. Recipient Tokyo International Photography Competition. Tokyo, Japan.
2017. Recipient Arts SU, London College of Fashion. London, UK.
2017. Recipient Landskrona Foto Residency. Landskrona, Sweden.
2017. Finalist BMW Residency. Gobellins. Paris, France.

2016. Selected Flash Forward. Magenta Fundation. Toronto, Canada.
2016. Recipient Hacer, Hablar, Escuchar, Estar. Comunidad de Madrid. Spain.
2016. Nominated ING Unseen Talent Award. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2016. Shortlisted NEXOFOTO. Ibero-american Photography Award.
2016. Nominated Joop Swart Masterclass. World Press Photo. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2016. Nominated First Book Award MACK. London, UK.
2016. Finalist Grand Prix Fotofestiwal. Lodz, Poland.

2015. Recipient ZONA C Art Award. Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
2015. Finalist EI AWARDS. Encontros Da Imagen. Braga, Portugal.
2015. Recipient Encontros de Artistas Novos. Cidade Da Cultura. Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
2015. Shortlisted DESCUBRIMIENTOS. PhotoEspaña. Madrid, Spain.
2015. Shorlisted NEXOFOTO. Ibero-american Photography Award.

2014. Recipient IdeasTap Magnum Photo Showcase by Olivia Arthur. London, UK.

2005. Recipient El Mundo Newspaper Grant. Madrid, Spain.
2005. Recipient El Pais Newspaper Grant. Madrid, Spain.

Talks & Teaching

2020 Workshop, Art Photo BCN. Barcelona, Spain.
2020 Artist Talk, Universitat de Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain.

2019 Artist Talk, Sociedad Fotográfica Alavesa. Vitoria, Spain.

2018. Guest Lecturer, Royal Academy of Art (KABK). The Hague, Netherlands.
2018. Artist Talk, SIPF, Singapore.
2018. Jenny Nordquist in conversation with Carlos Alba. Landskrona Foto Festival, Sweden.
2018. Artist Talk, CFC Bilbao. Vizcaya, Spain.

2017. Artist Talk, Landskrona Foto Festival. Landskrona, Sweden.

2016. Artist Talk, Art Inkubator. Fotofestiwal. Lodz, Poland.
2016. Artist Talk, La Fabrica. Madrid, Spain.
2016. Round table, Jo Dennis, Aisling McCoy and Carlos Alba in conversation with Rodrigo Orrantia. Peckham 24. Photo London, UK.

Selected Press

Olga Yatskevich, "Carlos Alba, The Taste Of The Wind", Photobooks, Collector Daily, 19-03-2020. USA.

Museé Magazine "Photo Journal Monday: Carlos Alba", 04-05-2020. New York, USA.

George King, "On the bright side with Carlos Alba", Unseen Magazine, Issue 6. 2019. Netherlands.

Will Glaser, "In Conversation: Carlos Alba", Aint-Bad Magazine, 24-10-2018. Savannah, USA.

"El español Carlos Alba entre los ganadores del Tokyo International Photography Competition 2017", Clavo Ardiendo, 21-12-2017. Madrid, Spain.

"Ideas On Talent: Carlos Alba", Photoworks, 02-08-2017. UK.

Olga Yatskevich, "Carlos Alba, The Observation of Trifles", Photobooks, Collector Daily, 12-01-2017. USA.

Carlos Fresneda, "Te encontré en el Este de Londres", Cultura, El Mundo, 27-09-2016. Spain.

Tshepo Mokoena, "Photos of the people, buildings and found objects We barely notice in cities", photography, VICE Magazine, 17-09-2016. UK.

Malou Briand Rautenberg, "5 young european photographers to follow", Photography, I-D Magazine, 08-04-2016. 

Carlos Fresneda, "Lo más profundo es lo más trivial", Culture, EL MUNDO Newspaper, 27-03-2016. Spain.


Carlos Alba Studio

studio@carlosalba.com +34 626159284 

bjromero@carlosalba.com +34 647489288  

Fine Art Prints Sale


C/ José Antonio de Armona, 14, 28012, Madrid



The Taste of the Wind, Landskrona Foto, 2019

Becoming Image: Medicine and the Algorithmic Body. (Vv.Aa.), Liz Orton/Wellcome Collection, 2018

The Observation of Trifles, La Fabrica, 2016


GetxoPhoto 2019. Bilbao, Spain.
Landskrona Foto 2018. Landskrona Foto Publications / Breadfield Press. Landskrona, Sweden, 2018
Un cierto panorama. Reciente fotografía de autor en España. Comunidad de Madrid. Madrid, Spain, 2017
Flash Forward, The Magenta Fundation, Toronto, Canada, 2016
Fotofestiwal 2016, FEW, Lodz, Poland, 2016
Circulation(s), Le Bec en l´air, Paris, France, 2016


Kaptensgården Foundation (Stiftelsen Kaptensgårdens samlingar), Landskrona, Sweden.

Private collections in Austria, England and Spain.

His artist books are part of international library collections such as Tate Library (UK), Harvard Library (USA), Landskrona Museum (Sweden), Reminders Photography Stronghold (Japan), Fotocolectania (Spain), Deck (Singapore), Lightbox (Taiwan) and The Library Project (Ireland).


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