Paula Gortázar

London, UK
1984 (Madrid, Spain)

Paula Gortázar is an artist, researcher and lecturer, who studied with celebrated Spanish documentary photographer Rafael S. Lobato from 2002 to 2007. After obtaining a Law Degree in Madrid, she moved to London to study photographic arts at Central Saint Martins and the University of Westminster, where she completed an M.A in 2011. She has recently been awarded with a PhD Scholarship by this university and is currently undertaking a doctoral research in contemporary East European photography.

Gortázar’s work is part of numerous private and public art collections, and has been widely exhibited in Canada, the US, the UK and Spain, including The Photographers’ Gallery and the London Film Museum. Her photographs have been published internationally in magazines such as the British Journal of Photography. Among other awards, she has recently been selected for the International Sony World Photography Awards, Flash Forward Festival (Canada), Magnum Agency & Ideas Tap Photographic Award (UK) and Westphoto Annual Photography Prize (UK).

Winter Holidays

The series Winter Holidays constitutes a personal journey back to childhood memories acquired in a small region of 
the Spanish Pyrenees. After a long period of absence, the artist 
returned to what she remembered as a magical white world; 
a place where the family was brought together to enjoy 
their Christmas holiday. Using the camera as a tool that helps connect past events with current perceptions, she depicts remembered scenes in order to re-build her particular knowledge of the place and the family history behind it. While physical spaces have remained 
practically unaltered, the artist’s response to these places 
has turned them into threatening scenarios, and as she tries to reconstruct her memories, the environment suggests its own hidden but reflective meaning.

Read more about what Paula has to say on her image page, and on our blog about her work!


PhD Candidate, University of Westminster, London, UK.

M.A. Photographic Studies, University of Westminster, London, UK.

Postgraduate Certificate in Photography, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK.

B.A. (Honours) Law, Universidad de Comillas, Madrid, Spain.


Contexto Crítico: Spanish Photography in the 21st Century, Tabacalera, Madrid.
Interior/Exterior, The Berni Gallery, Jersey, UK.
Northern Lights, Harrow Arts Centre, London, UK.
Flash Forward Festival, The Magenta Foundation, Boston, MA.
The State of the Nation, Touring exhibition in London, Wales and Edinburgh.

Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed, The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK.
Magnum Agency & Ideas, Tap Photographic Award, London Film Museum, UK.
Sony World Photography Awards, Somerset House, London, UK.
Flash Forward, Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, Toronto, ON. 
Power Games, Dreamspace Gallery, London, UK.

Index7, London Photomoth, Protein Gallery, UK.
Ambika, P3 Gallery, London, M.A Photographic Studies Exhibition, UK.
Interim Show, West Gallery, London, UK.

Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid. “Free Hope” projection, Spain.
Central Saint Martins College of Art. Degree Show, UK.

S.I.A.P, Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, Spain.
FLECHA. Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, Spain.


PhD Scholarship, University of Westminster, London, UK.
2nd Prize Winner, Arch Isle Photography Prize, Jersey, UK.

Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed Winner, The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK
Magnum Agency and Ideas Tap Photographic Award Finalist, London, UK.
Flash Fordward Festival Winner, Toronto, ON. 
Sony World Photography Awards, Nominated for Best Architectural Photography.
2nd Prize Winner, WESTPHOTO Annual Photography Prize, UK.

Source Magazine Graduate Photography official selection by Stephanie Braun, UK.
Finalist Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Best documentary photography, USA. 
30 under 30 Women Photographers (selected), Photoboite, New York, NY.

Honourable Mention, Roberto Villagraz Prize, Spain.


Art Wednesday, UK
Arquitectura Viva, Spain.
El Ibérico, UK.

British Journal of Photography, UK.
Flash Forward Festival Catalogue, Canada.
Sony World Photography Awards, Winners Book, UK.
30y3, Spanish Photography Now, Madrid, Spain.
Incandescent Zine, Portland, Oregon.

Protein Journal, Protein Gallery, London, UK.
The Telegraph, London, UK.
Lens Scratch Blogzine, USA.
Plástica Magazine, Madrid, Spain.
F-stop Magazine, London. UK.
Photoboite, New York, NY.

ABC, National Newspaper, Spain.
El Nuevo Herald, Miami, FL. 
Revista Hispano-Cubana, Madrid, Spain.

MU Art Magazine, Spain.

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