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Alejandro Castellote

Photography teacher, critic and freelance curator

Born in Madrid, 1959.

In 1982, Alejandro Castellote began working as a photography curator. From 1985 until 1996, he was director of the Photography Department at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. During that period, he organised five editions of the Festival FOCO (Fotografía Contemporánea) and was also responsible for programming exhibitions, workshops, seminaries and other activities. In 1987, he created the Minerva Photography Gallery at the Círculo de Bellas Artes, a space devoted to young photographers.

He has been Artistic Director and Founder of the International Photography Festival PHotoEspaña in Madrid from 1998 to 2000. He worked for Lunwerg Publishers as responsible for the Contemporary Photography section, publishing among others Mapas Abiertos Fotografía Latinoamericana 1991-2002. During 2005 and 2006 he was Contents Adviser for C Photo Magazine in London and curated the exhibition C on Cities for the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2006.

He is an academic member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. He teaches workshops and collaborates as photography critic and essay writer for different national and international publications. At present he works as a freelance, as guest curator of Photoquai – a Biennial organised by the Museum Quai de Branly at Paris – and teaches at the Master of Photography of the School EFTI in Madrid.

In 2006 he was awarded with the Prize Bartolomé Ros fort the best professional track record in photography in Spain.

Alejandro Castellote