Isabel Muñoz (Barcelona, 1951)
Born in Barcelona in 1951 and based in Madrid since 1970, photographer Isabel Muñoz has managed to stand out among the many and very diverse proposals defining the contemporary photography scene in Spain, by utilizing the platinum printing technique and large formats in order to reinforce her discourse -a passion for the body as a means to the study of the human being. A passion that manifests, as early as her first series ‘Tango’ and ‘Flamenco’ (1989), a desire to portray diverse cultures through dance, wrestling and other traditions and realities that showcase the beauty of the human body, as well as the different struggles in which Muñoz focuses her gaze establishing a real social commitment.
Her first exhibition, ‘Toques’ at the French Institute in Madrid in October 1986 and her participation at the Month of Photography in Paris in November 1990, was a milestone in her career as they lead to the launch of her artistic profile, both nationally and internationally.
These exhibitions were followed by many others, both individual and collective, which established Muñoz as a consecrated photographer of international resonance.
Isabel Muñoz’s strong presence within the art scene is further backed by the many awards and mentions her work has been recognize with, notably Bartolomé Ros Prize for her entire career in PHotoEspaña in 2009, the gold medal for merit on the Fine Arts also in 2009, the World Press Photo on two different occasions, the national UNICEF Spain 2010 Award to raising awareness and Social mobilization, the DEARTE Foundation prize in 2012 and the National Photography Award in 2016.
Muñoz’s work can be found in various national and international collections such as the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum in Madrid, Barcelona Photo Colectania, the Canal Foundation in Madrid, Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.
-Raquel Temiño Sanfeliu
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