“Bernat Millet Altarriba was born in Barcelona on June 17, 1986. In a town called La Floresta, he has always been passionate about photography and used the camera for times that he found inspiring. In London Bernat began to develop new forms and ideas in photography. In 2007 he completed a foundation at the London College of Communication creating a portfolio that later granted him access to a BA at Middlesex University. Graduating with a First Class, Bernat experimented with different formats of cameras, discovering that large format proved to be an accurate tool with shocking results.”
“The search for strong images lead to portraiture, in which the interaction with the subjects reflects questions and ideas. In a world saturated by images of pain, Bernat aims to track the beauty whilst conveying reality. This sensitivity to suffering and social problems provides us with images that, usually, the media would not cover.”
“Despite his youth Bernat has participated in group exhibitions at Truman Gallery, Parlour Gallery and The Print Space Gallery. He was also selected as a finalist in the Guardian Student Media Awards 2011 and The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011, which has allowed his work to be exhibited at the prestigious National Portrait Gallery, London. His photographic work has been published in the Sunday Times Magazine Spectrum Magazine and Aesthetica Creative Works Annual 2012. In Spain some of his works have appeared in press (ABC).”
“One of the pictures is “Sidiajmed Embarj Brick”, a land-mine affected of many by the Moroccan army protecting the invaded land. This picture has been selected for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize of 2011, from the series Saharawi’s. Shot with a large format camera, the pictures show people from the refugee camps of the Saharawi’s based next to Tindouf, north-west Algerian. They have been forced here because they have been expelled from the Western Sahara: their own land. ”
“Bernat is currently exhibiting a project called “Memories wounded. Bodies reveled, itineraries against the forgot Polio and Post-polio syndrome in Spain”. A project featuring Juan Antonio Rodriguez Sanchez, teacher and researcher of the University of Salamanca, together with the photographer Bernat Millet, exhibited at “Espacio de Cultura Cientifica” and curated by University of Salamanca, in Spain of 2012. This project is the result of a search of the deepest feelings, knowing that good photographs come from the heart and reflect our passions and emotions to what surrounds us. Shot with large format cameras and indoors, the picture shown here is part of a complete project. This work is the culmination of the force between a mother who opened the door to her son, who was looking for a way to reflect these feelings to the world. The aim is to bring the project to institutions and arts centers and raise awareness of Polio and Post-Polio syndrome.”
“Bernat is also working on a new project related to the new wars in North and West Africa. He wants to continue taking portraits with his large format camera. It is an extensive project exploring different countries where the situations are unstable, where in the middle of chaos and confusion, different radical forces take advantage and control of specific areas.”
If you wish to see more of Bernat’s portraiture please visit his website.