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Vallhonrat, Javier 1953-

VALLHONRAT, Javier 1953-


PERSONAL: Born June 14, 1953, in Madrid, Spain; married Cynthia Walden, 1987; children: Pablo, Martin. Education: University of Madrid, fine arts degree, 1986.


ADDRESSES: Home—San Vicente Ferrer 72, 28015 Madrid, Spain.


CAREER: Photographer. Photographer's assistant, 1973; freelance photographer, 1973—; workshop instructor, 1981—; commercial photographer, 1992—; Cuenca School of Fine Arts, photography instructor, 1997. Teaches creative photography in various universities in Spain; guest professor at Rencontres Internationaux of Arles and Higher Institute of Fine Arts, Flanders and Antwerp. Exhibitions: Maison Europeene de la Photo, Paris, France; Musée Cantini, Marseille, France; Museo Palacio de Sastago, Zaragoza, Spain; Collection Paris Audio-Visuel, Paris; FRAC Rhone-Alpes, Lyon, France: Coleccion Fondo de Cultura, Vigo, Spain; International Polaroid Collection, Boston, MA; Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Collection Caja de Burgos, Spain; Collection Banesto, Madrid; Museo de Bellas Artes, Alva, Spain; and Fundacion Tous-de Pedro, Barcelona, Spain.


AWARDS, HONORS: Silver Award, New York Times, 1994; Award of Excellence, Society of Newspaper Design, 1995; National Photography Award, Ministry of Culture, Spain, 1995; Art Directors Club awards, 1997.


WRITINGS:


Animal-Vegetal, [Madrid, Spain], 1986.

The Possessed Space, [Munich, Germany], 1992.

Autograms, [Munich, Germany], 1993.

Javier Vallhonrat, Fabrica (Madrid, Spain), 1999.


Editorial work and contributor of photographs for Big, Glamour France, New York Times, Color, Vogue France, Vogue Italy, Vogue Japan, Vogue UK, and Vogue Spain.

SIDELIGHTS: Javier Vallhonrat began working as a freelance photographer for Italian, British, and French Condé Nast publications and for various fashion designers in 1984, which brought him international recognition. He photographs advertisements for companies such as Ayura, Carte Noire, Coca-Cola, Lancôme, and Casadei, and films commercials for Eau Future, Fructis, L'Oreal, and others.

Vallhonrat's photographs are on a variety of subjects and he uses different types of techniques, but the female body has always been of interest to him. In The Possessed Space Vallhonrat only has one subject, the female dancer Donimique Abel.


BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:


books


Contemporary Photographers, 3rd edition, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1996.


online


Hamiltons Gallery Web site,http://www.hamiltonsgallery.com/ (May 3, 2002), "Javier Vallhonrat."

Michele Filomeno Agency Web site,http://mfilomeno.com/ (May 3, 2002), "Biography: Javier Vallhonrat."*

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