Alejandra Carles-Tolra is a photographer and educator from Barcelona currently based in London. 

Her work has been published and exhibited internationally, most recently at The Guardian, Broadly Vice, The Huffington Post, Gup Magazine, World Photography Organization, The Independent, Circulation(s) Festival in Paris, and Jerwood Space in London. She was a 2017 Jerwood Visual Arts / Photoworks awardee and her new work, Where We Belong, is currently on tour in the UK. 

She has taught photography at The University of New Hampshire and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, among other institutions, and she currently collaborates with nonprofit organizations as an art workshop facilitator using art and education to empower vulnerable communities. 

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2013 - MFA, Photography, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

2010 - BA, Sociology, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain



Unseen Festival, Futures, Outdoors installation, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

The Bears, Solo Exhibition, Fifty Dots Gallery, Barcelona, Spain


Sisterhood and Gentle Men, 
'The Bears', Forum Statdpark, Graz, Austria

Family of No Man, Group Exhibition curated by Cosmos, Arles, France

PhotoEspaña, 'Where We Belong' screening, Futures Photography, Jardín Botánico, Madrid, Spain

Transeúntes, Fifty Dots Gallery, Voies Off Festival, Arles, France

SKG Bridge Festival, ‘Where We Belong’ screening, Curated by Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece

PhotoEast Festival, ‘Where We Belong’, Curated by Emma Bowkett and Josh Lustig, Ipswich, UK

Jerwood/ Photoworks Awards, Where We Belong series, UK 

Jerwood Space, London, England

Impressions Gallery, Bradford, England

Belfast Exposed, Belfast, North Ireland


Saving Face, La Photographie Marseille, Retine Argentique, Marseille, France

On Drawing: Apperceive of Liberation, Curated by Lu Mingjun, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China

No Words Exhibition, Sala Gaudia, Huelva, Spain


Photo-Open, Photomonth East London Photo FestivalCurated by Alternative Arts, Rich Mix Gallery, London, UK

Prix Maison Blanche, Photographie Marseille Festival, Marseille, France

Renaissance Photography Awards, Getty Images Gallery, London, UK

Festival Circulation(s), Curated by FETART, Centquatre, Paris, France

PhotoEspaña Fesival OFF, Galeria BAT, No Words Group Exhibition, Madrid, Spain

Festival PA-TA-TA, "The Bears" installation outdoors, Granada, Spain

RATP, "The Bears" installation in various metro stations, Circulation(s) Festival Selection, Paris, France

Face It, Group exhibition, Curated by Lynn H Whitney

Bowling Green State University, Ohio // Reece Museum, East Tennessee State University, Tennessee, USA

Festival Imaginaria, Museu de Belles Arts Castelló, Valencia, Spain // Segovia Foto, Sala Alhondiga, Segovia, Spain


The Gun Show, Curated by Maja Orsic (Director of the Robert Klein Gallery), Flash Forward Festival, Boston, USA

The Bears, Solo Exhibition, Visting Artist, The Chazan Family Gallery, Rhode Island College, USA

Nueva Fotografia Internacional en el S.XXI

Centro Municipal de las Artes de Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain

Sala José Saramago de Leganés, Madrid, Spain

Centro Municipal de las Artes de Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain

Open Call NNE (North NorthEast), Juried by Richard Klein (Exhibition Director at Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art), Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Vermont, USA


Documentary: The 19th Annual Exhibition, Juried by Whitney Johnson (Deputy Director at National Geographic), Photographic Center NW, Seattle, USA

Photoworld, New York Photo Awards, Juried Exhibition Powerhouse Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Griffin Museum’s 20
th Juried Show, 
Virtual Gallery Juried by Aline Smithson, founder of Lenscratch Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, USA

Emerging Artists Auction, Juried Auction Daniel Cooney Fine Arts Gallery, New York, USA

TEDx Somerville, Movement, Juried Exhibition Brooklyn Boulders, Somerville, USA

Fall In, Solo Exhibition, Biennial of Young Artists Winner Fine Arts Academy Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain

New York Photo Awards Winners, Juried Exhibition Powerhouse Gallery, Brooklyn, USA


Realidad y Emoción Exhibition, Valid Foto BCN Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

Carousel IV, Juried Exhibition, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, Boston, USA

OFNI Exhibition and Auction, Valid Foto BCN Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

ARTcetera Art Auction, Juried Biennial Auction The Park Plaza Castle, Boston, USA

New England Collective, Juried Exhibition Galatea Fine Art Gallery, Boston, USA

Biennal D’Art Jove, Juried ExhibitionFine Arts Academy Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain

Boston Young Contemporaries 2013, Juried Exhibition 808 Commonwealth Gallery, Boston University, Boston, USA

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Curated by Lisa Tung Paine and Bakalar Gallery, Boston, USA

Onward Compe, Juried Exhibition, Onward Summit Festival, Project Basho Gallery, Philadelphia, USA

PRC Annual Student Show, Juried Exhibition Photographic Resource Center, Boston, USA

24th Annual MassArt Benefit Art Auction, Juried Exhibition Paine & Bakalar Gallery, Boston, USA

Collect The World, Juried Exhibition Valid Foto BCN Gallery, Spain


The Fence, Juried Exhibition Photoville Festival, New York City, NY, USA

Boston Young Contemporaries 2012, Juried Exhibition 808 Commonwealth Gallery, Boston University, Boston, USA

We Don’t Belong Here, Solo Show, Juried Exhibition, Sparring Windows Gallery, The Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA


Powderhouse Photography Show, Juried Exhibition The Powderhouse Gallery, Sommerville, USA

Self­portraits Show, Juried Exhibition,11th Photographic Forum Can Basté, Barcelona, Spain



Futures Photography, Selected by PhotoEspaña


Flash Forward Festival, UK Winners

Jerwood Visual Arts/ Photoworks Grant, Support and mentorship to produce new work, London


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

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


Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, Semifinalist, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, DC

Athens Photo Festival, Semifinalist, Main Exhibition, Athens, Greece

New York Times Portfolio Review, Selected Portfolio, NYC

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

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


Documentary: The 19th Annual Exhibition, 1st Prize Winner, Award given by Whitney Johnson, Deputy Director at National Geographic. Photographic Center NW, Seattle, WA

New York Photo Awards, Documentary: Single Image Professional Category


Biennal for Young Artists, 2nd Prize Winner Fine Arts Academy of Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain

New York Photo Awards, Fine Art: Single Image Student Category Award

Descubrimientos PHE 2013 Finalist, PhotoEspaña Festival, Madrid, Spain

21 New & Emerging Photographers, Curated by Jim Casper, Lens Culture

Creative Quarterly, Photography Runner Up Issue #30


International Fine Art Photography Award, Juror Award of Merit 2012 Grand Prix de la Decouverte, France

Hey Hot Shot! Contender Jen Beckman Project

JGS Quarterly Photography Contest, Runner Up Forward Thinking Museum

CCNY 2012 Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, Honorable Mention The Camera Club of New York, NYC

Combat Prize Catalogue 2012, Recommended Artist Livorno, Italy


Family Dynamics Exhibition, Honorable Mention, The Kiernan Gallery, VA

Sociological Research Seminar, 1st Prize, The UB’s Manual Workers Photographic Project, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

Can Basté Grant, Finalist11th Forum Fotográfico, Barcelona, Spain

Foto Maratón Fnac, 5th Prize Barcelona, Spain


Carnet Jove Grant, Finalist,Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain


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

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

Arts Council Collection, 2017/2018 Acquisitions

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

This Is Tomorrow, Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

Royal Photographic Society, A Showcase of Talent

Elephant Magazine, Jerwood/Photoworks: Melancholy and Janeites

British Journal of Photography, Ribeira, Laughlin, and Carles-Tolra show new work in Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

CiliChili Magazine, The Bears Portfolio, Czech Republic 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lensculture, Video Interview with Alejandra Carles-Tolra - The Bears: Up close with women's Rugby

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

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

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

Revista Arte, Fotógrafos del grupo Contemporáneos en el Festival Off de PHotoEspaña 2016

Arte A Un Click, Saving Face Portfolio

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

La Fabrica Editorial, Contemporaries. 30 Photographers Of Today (Book), PhotoBook Week, PhotoEspaña Festival

Slate, What Life Is Like On Brown Univeristy's All-Female Rugby Team by David Rosenberg,  The Bears Portfolio 

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

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

Cosmopolitan, 18 Badass Portraits of Female Rugby Players Defying Gender Stereotypes, The Bears Portfolio

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

0034 Codigo Expat, Un Skype con Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Interview

Il Post, Ritratti di rugbiste, The Bears Portfolio 

Feature Shoot, Powerful portraits of female rugby players defy gender stereotypes, The Bears Portfolio 

Bust Magazine, The Female Rugby Players Of Brown University Are Badass Gender Barrier Busting Athletes, The Bears Portfolio

Gup Magazine, The Bears Portfolio

Juxtapoz MagazineAlejandra Carles-Tolra's “The Bears” @The Chazan Family Gallery, Photography section 

The Brown Daily Herald, Photographer captures intersections of violence, grace in women’s rugby, Art and Culture Section

Artscope Magazine, The Bears at Chazan Family Gallery, Email blast

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

Lens Culture, Fall In, Editor’s Pick Portfolio

Diari de Sabadell, Guanyadors de la Biennal D’Art Jove, Barcelona

Onward Photo Blog, Interview with Alejandra Carles­Tolra

Photographic Museum of Photography, Highlights Gallery, Fall In Portfolio

La Vanguardia, Cinco Visiones Fotográfica, Barcelona

Tendencias del Mercado del Arte, Realidad y Emoción Exposición, October #66

La Vanguardia, Valid Foto BCN abre temporada presentando a cinco fotografos noveles.

Barcelona Photobloggers, Exposicion Realidad y Emoción 

iSabadell, L'Academia de Belles Arts recupera la Biennal d'Art Jove, September 5th

Huffington Post, 3 Steps to Starting a Great Research Project, Voices: College, Svetlana Dotsenko, August 2nd

Loupe Magazine, Public Art: It’s History and Reach, Vol.3/ June, PRC

Ojo de Pez Magazine, Portfolio PHE, Issue #29 Girls, Madrid, Spain 


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

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

Rhode Island School of Design , Visiting Artist, Photography department, Providence, RI

Rhode Island College, Visiting Artist, Art department, Providence, RI

AS220,Visiting Artist, AS220 Arts Center, Providence, RI

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

University of New Hampshire, Visiting Artist Lecture, Paul Creative Arts Center, Durham, NH.

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