Juan Manuel Castro Prieto

Juan Manuel Castro Prieto was born in Madrid in 1958. He got a degree in Economics but never worked as such as he decided to dedicate himself to photography.

He starts with photography in 1977, self-taught as most of the authors in his generation. In the early eighties he becomes a member of Real Sociedad Fotográfica de Madrid where he meets Gerardo Vielba, Gabriel Cualladó, Paco Gómez and Juan Dolcet.

In 1990 he travels to Cuzco, Peru, to make with Juan Manuel Díaz Burgos the positives from the Peruvian master Martín Chambi from his grass plates. After that first voyage, he starts a long-lasting relationship with Perú, where he travelled 9 times to finish his book “Perú, viaje al sol”, and its companion exhibition in Centro Cultural de la Villa in 2001; this exhibition has been shown, among other countries, in France, Belgium, Italy, México and Perú. Some other personal projects are the cooperation he did with poet Juan Cobos Wilkins, called “6 relámpagos y un poema” or with Museo Lázaro Galdiano in Madrid in 2001.

On that year Juan Manuel Castro Prieto starts a first-person travel through Ethiopia, starting like this a new personal Project. His personal work has been awarded with several prizes, highlighting the Cesar Vallejo in Perú, PhotoEspaña Bartolomé Ros award to his trajectory as author 2002 and the photography award from Comunidad de Madrid that helped to make an exhibit and, a bit later, the publishing of a book with the same title “Extraños”, this work covers twenty years of the most intimate work from Juan Manuel Castro Prieto. This exhibition is shown in Spain, France, Poland, México and France.

In 2004 he takes part in several exhibitions and collective publications such as “Agua al desnudo”, with Comunidad de Madrid and “Ten Views. Contempoaray Spanish Photography” curated by Publio López Mondéjar at Tokio Metropolitan Museum of Photography.

In 2005 he travels to Tanna island on a commission from German magazine Mare to create an article about Cargo cult. That project ends with an exhibition and a book with texts by Dimitri Ladischensky called “Esperando al Cargo”, which was exhibited in 2007 in Sestao, Leganés, Alcorcón and Fuenlabrada. During this time he also exhibits and publishes “Cuenca en la mirada” with texts by Andrés Trapiello and published by Diputación Provincial de Cuenca and Editorial Lunwerg.

Also in 2006 he works with some other photographers in “Visiones de Marruecos”, book and exhibition curated by Publio López Móndejar which would be shown in several Moroccan cities. On that same year he exhibits in Galería Arte XXI and publises the book “La Seda Rota” with texts from Andrés Trapiello. With this work he takes part in the exhibition “Espacios” at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de La Coruña.

In 2006 as well he gets a request from Museum D’Orsay to take part on a photography reportage about the museum that will be used for an exhibition on the same museum and the publication of its book in 2007; also on that year he publishes “Juan Manuel Castro Prieto” as part of Colección PhotoBolsillo from Fabrica Editorial with texts of Publio López Mondéjar.

In 2008 he exhibits in La Galerié Vú in París “Extraños” and “Perú, Viaje al Sol” in Lima, at Centro Cultural de España. He takes part on exhibition Razón de Sed in Zaragoza at Palacio de Sástago and publishes with Lucam the book made with polaroids with texts by Andrés Trapiello, “Mota de Polvo”.

In 2009 he’ll follow his exhibition “Perú, Viaje al Sol” with AECID in Guatemala, Ecuador and Bolivia. He publises “Etiopia” with Lunwerg publisher and texts by Christina Caujolle. He shows this work at Teatro Fernán Gómez in Madrid. He helps Alejandro Iñárritu for a photographic production about the filming of his last movie “Biutiful”. He publishes “Cuando vuelva a tu lado Albarracín” with texts by Antonio Ansón and published by Fundación Santa María de Albarracín.

He starts to work with Martín Chambi’s family to create a book where Castro Prieto will follow the tracks of the Peruvian author in order to show the socioeconomic and cultural changes in nowadays Peru as well as a reflexion regarding the evolution of photographic language during the eighty years from that period.

In 2010 Sète, in France, gives him carte blanche to make a book about the city where he’ll live for a period of time. La Fábrica asks him to illustrate with photographs the book “Bodas de Sangre” by Federico García Lorca, which will be published in 2011. In that year he also travels to Seoul to take potos of the female university Ewha, build by architect Dominique Perrault , as he received the Great Award of French architecture. Amnesty International publishes his yearly calendar which his photos.

In 2011 Juan Manuel visits the main museums in Madrid to take photos of the main artworks, this will lead to the exhibition “Habitantes y paseantes” curated by Chema Conesa at Palacio de Cibeles. In that exhibition he pretends to transform the artwork into photography which its own language. Hi inaugurates “Perú, viaje al sol” at Círculo del Arte in Barcelona. He’s currently developing his own personal project related to memory and it’s spaces.