Paula Gortázar (Madrid, 1984) is a photographic artist, doctoral researcher 
and lecturer in photography based in London. From 2002 to 2007 she studied
documentary photography with celebrated Spanish photographer Rafael S. 
Lobato. 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. In 2013 she was awarded a Full PhD Scholarship
by the University of Westminster. Her thesis 'Transitional Frames: From Normalisation
to Democracy. Czech and Slovak Art Photography (1968-2000)' studies the development
of art photography practices in the Czech Republic and Slovakia during the last two
decades of Communism and the immediate period following the establishment of
Capitalism and Democracy after 1989. 


Her work has been widely exhibited in Canada, USA, the UK and Spain, including
venues like The Photographers’ Gallery, and published in different international media,
such as the British Journal of Photography. Alongside her artistic practice, she has
worked as a visiting lecturer for different Universities in the UK and Spain, including
the University of   Westminster and Kingston University, and often participates as a guest
speaker at a variety of photography events and seminars. 


EXHIBITIONS 

Paula Gortázar: Uncharted Territory, Bildkur Galerie, Stuttgart, Germany, (Solo Show) 2015

Celebrating Europe, Kaunas Photo Festival, Kaunas Photography Gallery, Lithuania, 2014

On Borrowed Time(s), Institute of International Visual Arts, London, UK, 2014

Guernsey Photography Festival, Guernsey, Channel Islands, 2014

White Wall P2P, PhotoEspaña, Madrid, Spain, 2014

Of the Afternoon, Darnley Galley, London, UK, 2014

SANP!, Arta Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2014

XIV Encuentros de Arte Contemporaneo, MUA, Alicante, Spain, 2014

Contexto Critico: Fotografía Española Siglo XXI, Tabacalera, Madrid, Spain, 2013

Archisle Prize, Berni Gallery, Jersey, UK, 2013

Northen Lights, Harrow Arts Center, London, UK, 2013

Flash Fordward Festival, The Magenta Foundation, Boston, USA, 2013

Westphoto Photography Prize, Touring exhibition in London, Wales, Edimburgh and Belfast, UK, 2013

Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed, The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK, 2012

Magnum Agency & IdeasTap Photographic Award, London Film Museum, UK, 2012

Sony World Photography Awards, Somerset House, London, UK, 2012

Flash Forward, Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, Toronto, Canada, 2012

Power Games, Dreamspace Gallery, London, UK, 2012          

Index7, London Photomoth, Protein Gallery, UK, 2011

Ambika P3 Gallery, London, M.A Photographic Studies Exhibition, UK, 2011

Interim show, West Gallery, London, UK, 2011

Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid. “Free Hope” project projection, Spain, 2010

Central Saint Martins College of Art. Degree Show, UK, 2010

S.I.A.P, Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, Spain, 2009

FLECHA. Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, Spain, 2009

GRANTS  &  AWARDS

Art Residency, Nida Art Colony, Vilnus Academy of Arts, Lithuania, 2014

Selected XIV Concurso Internacional Encuentros de Arte Contemporaneo, MUA, Spain, 2014

PhD Scholarship, University of Westminster, London, UK, 2013

2nd Prize Winner, Archisle Photography Prize, Jersey, UK, 2013

Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed Winner, The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK, 2012

Magnum Agency and IdeasTap Photographic Award Finalist, London, UK, 2012

Flash Fordward Festival Winner, Toronto, Canada, 2012

Sony World Photography Awards, Nominated for Best Architectural Photography, UK, 2012

2nd Prize Winner, WESTPHOTO Annual Photography Prize, UK, 2012

Source Magazine Graduate Photography oficial selection by Stephanie Braun, UK, 2011

Finalist Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Best documentary photography, USA, 2011

30 under 30 Women Photographers (selected), Photoboite, New York, USA, 2011

Honourable Mention, Roberto Villagraz Prize, Spain, 2008

PUBLICATIONS

Exit Magazine, Spain, 2017

XL Semanal, ABC, Spain, 2016

Celebrating Europe, Kaunas Photo Festival, Exhibition Catalogue, Lithuania, 2014

On Borrowed Time(s), Exhibition Catalogue Institute of International Visual Arts, London, UK, 2014

Of the Afternoon, UK, 2014

XIV Encuentros de Arte Contemporaneo, Exhibition Catalogue, MUA, Alicante, Spain, 2014

Contexto Critico: Fotografía Española Siglo XXI, Exhibition Catalogue, Madrid, Spain, 2013

Archisle Prize, Exhibition Catalogue, Berni Gallery, Jersey, UK, 2013

Flash Fordward Festival, Exhibition Catalogue The Magenta Foundation, Boston, USA, 2013 

Westphoto Photography Prize, Exhibition Catalogue Touring, UK, 2013

Art Wednesday, UK, 2013

Arquitectura Viva, Spain, 2013

El Ibérico, UK, 2013

British Journal of Photography, UK, 2012

Falsh Forward Festival Catalog, Canada, 2012

Sony World Photography Awards, Winners Book, UK, 2012

30y3, Spanish Photography Now, Madrid, Spain, 2012

Incandescent Zine, Portland, Oregon, USA, 2012

Protein Journal, Protein Gallery, London, UK, 2011

The Telegraph, London, UK, 2011

Lens Scratch Blogzine,  USA, 2011

Plástica Magazine, Madrid, Spain, 2011

F-stop Magazine, London. UK, 2011

Photoboite, New York, USA, 2011

ABC, Spain, 2010

El Nuevo Herald, Miami, USA, 2010

Revista Hispano-Cubana, Madid, Spain, 2010

MU Art Magazine , Spain, 2009