Alejandra Carles-Tolra, visual artist and photography facilitator from Barcelona.
Currently based in London, UK.

Available for commissions + projects:


2019 Group Show, PHOTO MIYOTA, Asama International Photography Festival, Japan

2019 FotoFever Fair, Fifty Dots Gallery, Paris, France

2019 PhotoIsrael, Group Show - On Fantasy, Tel Aviv, Israel

2019 Group Show, Where We Belong, Benaki Museum, Athens Photo Festival, Greece

2019 Group Show, Home and Away, Curated by the British Journal of Photography, Galerie Huit, Arles, France

2019 Solo Show, PhotoEspaña, Invited artist, One Shot Hotel, Madrid, Spain

2019 Group show, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Transeurope Exhibition, Helsinki, Finland

2019 Outdoors Solo show, Encounters with strangers (The Bears and Saving Face), Le Liberté, Toulon, France

2019 Group show, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London

2019 Group show, 209 Women Portcullis House, Westminster, London, UK

Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK

2018 The Bears, Fifty Dots Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

2018 Group show, Jerwood / Photoworks Awards,Belfast Exposed, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

2018 Group show, Futures Talent Pool, Unseen Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2018 Group, Sisterhood & GentleMen by C.Wildberger / M.Paulenka, Forum Stadtpark, Austria

2018 Group show, Family of No Man, Curated by Cosmos, Arles, France

2018 Group show, Collaborate:Free Range, Curated by Photoworks, London, UK

2018 Screening, PhotoEspaña, Futures Photography, Jardin Botanico, Madrid, Spain

2018 Group show, Transeúntes, Fifty Dots Gallery, Voies Off Festival, Arles, France

2018 Screening, SKG Bridge Festival, Curated by Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece

2018 Group show, PhotoEast Festival, Curated by Emma Bowkett and Josh Lustig, Ipswich, UK

2018 Group show, Jerwood / Photoworks Awards, UK

          Jerwood Gallery Space, London, UK / Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK

2017 Solo Show, Saving Face, Carte Blanche at Régine Argentique, Marseille, France

2017 Group show, On Drawing: Apperceive of Liberation, Wuhan Art Museum, China

2016 Group show, Prix Maison Blanche, Photographie Marseille Festival, France

2016 Group show, Renaissance Photography Awards, Getty Images Gallery, London

2016 Group show, Festival PhotoEspaña, Galeria BAT, “No Words”, Madrid, Spain

2016 Group show, Festival Pa-ta-ta, Outdoor Exhibition, Granada, Spain

2016 Group show, Festival Circulation(s), Centquatre, Paris, France

2016 Group show, Face It, Reimagining Contemporary Portraits, Curated by Lynn H Whitney, USA

      Bowling Green State University, Ohio / East Tennessee State University, Tennessee

2015 Group show, The Gun Show, Flash Forward Festival, Boston, USA

2015 Solo show, The Bears, Visiting Artist, The Chazan Family Gallery, Rhode Island College, USA

2014 Group show, Documentary: The 19th Annual Exhibition, Juried by Whitney Johnson, 

      Photographic Center NW, Seattle, USA

2014 Solo show, Fall In, Biennial of Young Artists, Academia Belles Arts Sabadell, Spain

2013 Group show, Realidad y Emoción, Valid Foto BCN Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

2013 Group show, New York Photo Awards, Powerhouse Gallery, NY, USA

2013 Group show, Boston Young Contemporaries, Boston University, Boston, USA

Awards / Nominations

2019 Winner, The Washington Post Open Call for Photographers, Organised with Visura, USA

2018 Finalist, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London

2018 Work selected to become part of the Arts Council Collection, UK

2018 Selected for Futures Photography by PhotoEspaña 

2017 Jerwood Visual Arts / Photoworks Award, Sponsored by the Arts Council England, UK

2017 Flash Forward, UK winners, Magenta Foundation

2016 Renaissance Photography Awards, Finalist - Single Image (The Bears series), UK

2016 Festival Pa-ta-ta, Jury’s Honorable Mention for ¨The Bears¨ series, Spain

2015 Semifinalist, Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, National Portrait Gallery, 

         Smithsonian Institution, DC, USA

2015 New York Times Portfolio Review, Selected Portfolio, USA

2015 Fotofestiwal Grand Prix, Shortlisted Finalist, Collective Jury, Lodz, Poland

2015 Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo, Nominated Portfolio, Amsterdam

2014 Winner, Documentary: The 19th Annual Exhibition, Awarded by Whitney Johnson, Director of 

         Photography, New Yorker. Photographic Center NW, USA

2013 Biennial for Young Artists, 2nd Prize Winner Fine Arts Academy of Sabadell, Spain

2013 Finalist, Descubrimientos PHE, PhotoEspaña Festival, Spain

2013 21 New & Emerging Photographers, Curated by Jim Casper, LensCulture 

Selected - Press

2020 Altsa Magasin, Norway, Where We Belong

2019 Unseen Platform, Where We Belong

2019, Literary Hub, Documenting Jane Austen Cosplay in the English Countryside, Where We Belong

2019 La Vanguardia, Cuando Jane Austen lo es todo, Where We Belong

2019 La Razón, Asi viven las  Jane Austen 2.0, Where We Belong

2019 IMA Magazine, Where We Belong (Cover)

2019 In Sight - The Washington Post, Where We Belong

2019 El País, Where We Belong 

2019 6 Mois Magazine, Where We Belong

2019 Society Journal, France, Where We Belong

2018 Positive News, Helen Bamber Foundation

2019 Revista Mas de Arte, Overview of all work

2018 Lensculture, Where We Belong by Sophie Wright

2018 The Guardian, Regency rendezvous: inside the world of Jane Austen fandom

2018 FotoRoom, Carles-Tolra Introduces Us to the Imaginative World of Jane Austen’s Biggest Fans

2018 Vanity Fair Italy, Una vita da Jane Austen. Il progetto (ardito) delle fan della scrittrice

2018 Il Post, Dal mondo di Jane Austen

2018 Marie Claire Italy, Sentimentali, Where We Belong Photograph

2018 PhotoEspaña News, Seleccionados para Futures Photography 

2018 British Journal of Photography, PhotoEast festival puts Suffolk on the map for photography

2018 Arts Council Collection, 2017/2018 Acquisitions

2018 T Magazine, NY Times Spain, 5 Mujeres Artistas Que Triunfan Fuera, February Issue #10

2018 This Is Tomorrow, Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

2018 Royal Photographic Society, A Showcase of Talent

2018 Elephant Magazine, Jerwood/Photoworks: Melancholy and Janeites

2017 PhotoWorld Magazine, Focus on multiple identities, ROTC Portfolio, China

2017 La Vanguardia Magazine, Retratando el universo ‘Janeite'

2017 CiliChili Magazine, The Bears Portfolio, Czech Republic

2016 Victory Journal, Odyssey Issue #12, The Bears Portfolio

2016 Vice, Broadly Channel, The Guts and the Glory of Being on an All-Female Sports Team

2016 GUP Magazine, #50 Hidden Gems, The Bears Portfolio

2016 The Independent, Women's varsity rugby: Getting up close with The Bears

2016 L’Oeil de la Photographie, Circulation(s) 2016: Interview with Alejandra Carles-Tolra

2016 Lensculture, Video Interview - The Bears: Up close with women’s rugby

2016 World Photography Organization, Saving Face Portfolio

2016 i-D Vice Magazine, 5 young european photographers to follow

2016 It’s Nice That, Alejandra Carles-Tolra captures a women’s rugby team from all angles

2016 Time Out Madrid, PhotoEspaña 2016: Exposiciones Imprescindibles, No Words Exhibition

2016 World Photography Organization, As Playful As A Game, Interview and The Bears Portfolio 

2016 La Fabrica Editorial, Contemporaries. 30 Photographers Of Today (Book)

2016 Slate Magazine, What Life Is Like on Brown University’s All-Female Rugby Team, The Bears 

2016 The Huffington Post, Powerful Photo Series Shows What It's Like To Be A Rugby Girl 

2016 BuzzFeed, Photographer Capture What It's Like To Be A Woman In A Male-Dominated Sport 

2016 Cosmopolitan, 18 Badass Portraits of Female Rugby Players Defying Gender Stereotypes

2016 Fotografia Magazine, Women's Rugby - An Interview With Alejandra Carles-Tolra, The Bears 

2016 Il Post, Ritratti di rugbiste, The Bears 

2016 Feature Shoot, Powerful portraits of female rugby players defy gender stereotypes 

2015 CNN Photos, Study and serve: The dual identity of the ROTC, Fall In Portfolio

2015 Photographic Museum of Photography, Highlights Gallery, Fall In Portfolio

2014 La Vanguardia, Valid Foto BCN abre temporada presentando a cinco fotógrafos noveles


2020 University of Portsmouth, Visiting Artist, Photography department, Portsmouth, UK

2019 Somerset House, Generations Exhibition, Artist Talk, London, UK

2019 London College of Communication, The Group & The Individual, Artist Talk, Pic.Ldn, London, UK

2019 Benaki Museum, Visiting Artist, Athens Photo Festival, Greece

2019 The Photographer's Gallery, What's It Like To Be An Artist?, Develop Programme, London, UK

2019 University of Portsmouth, Visiting Artist, Photography department, Portsmouth, UK

2018 UCLan, Visiting Artist, Fieldwork Photography Conference, Lancashire, UK

2018 London College of Communication, Visiting Artist, Photography department, London, UK

2018 Belfast Exposed Gallery, Artist Talk, Jerwood/ Photoworks Awards, Belfast, UK

2018 University of Portsmouth, Visiting Artist, Photography department, Portsmouth, UK

2018 Jerwood Space, In conversation with Karen McQuaid, Curator at The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK

2018 Impressions Gallery, In conversation with Shoair Mavlian, Director of Photoworks, Bradford, UK 

2015 Rhode Island School of Design, Visiting Artist, Photography department, Providence, USA

2015 Rhode Island College, Visiting Artist, Art department, Providence, USA

2014 Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Visiting Critic, Photography Department, Boston, USA

2014 University of New Hampshire, Visiting Artist Lecture, Paul Creative Arts Center, Durham, USA

2014 Universitat de Barcelona, Visiting Artist Lecture, Sociology Department, Barcelona, Spain


2013 MFA, Photography Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, USA

2010 BA, Sociology Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Alejandra Carles-Tolra

Spanish photographer Alejandra Carles-Tolra resides in London. Her work examines individual and group identity, and how the latter shapes the former.
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