Javier Alvarez is a Chilean documentary photographer focused on social issues and human rights in neglected communities. After completing a BFA in Photography in Santiago de Chile, Javier worked as a freelance editorial and press photographer for agencies in São Paulo, Brazil, and Santiago de Chile.
His documentary projects have been exhibited, published, granted and/or distributed in Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Brazil, Sweden, Canada, Italy, France, and the U.S.
In addition to his personal and commissioned work, he is a contributor to the Brazilian activist and independent journalistic platform MidiaNinja. Working in between North and South America and available for assignments worldwide. Grants and Awards2019 Nominee 6x6 Latin America World Press Photo 2018 1º Prize Festival 14º ParatyEmFoco with Predio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.2018 1º Prize Reportage category "Culture" in National Press Photo Awards, Chile. 2017 Honorable Mention "Arts and Culture" in National Press Photo Awards, Chile. 2016 Rodrigo Rojas de Negri Grant / Nominee, Chilean grant for young photographers. 2016 1º Portfolio Prize, Valparaíso International Photography Festival (FIFV). 2015 Latin American Joop Swart Masterclass 2015 World Press Photo / Nominee 2015 Joop Swart Masterclass 2015 World Press Photo / Nominee. 2012 Selected for 2nd Anthology of Chilean Young Photography - Museum of Contemporary Art - Chile
Formation 2018 David Alan Harvey mentorship. 2013 Artist Residence Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, Valparaiso International Photography Festival (FIFV). 2013 BFA Photography at ARCOS (Arts and Communication Institute), Santiago de Chile. 2012 Workshop Samuel Aranda, World Press Photo/Telefonica, Santiago de Chile. 2012 Artist residence, "El Album Familiar". Valparaíso International Photography Festival (FIFV). 2010 Workshop Roberto Huarcaya. II ForumFoto, São Paulo-Brasil.
Selected exhibitions 2019 CPAC Annual Show - Denver CO, USA. 2018 THE FENCE, United Photo Industries - Denver CO, USA. 2017/18 National Press Photo Awards, CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS, CERRILLOS 2017 (SOLO) PREDIO Estación Mapocho, Santiago de Chile 2015 National Press Photo Awards, CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS, CERRILLOS 2013 2° Anthology of young photographers. Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago. 2012 'El Álbum Familiar', a public exhibition. Valparaiso International Photography Festival (FIFV). 2009 Uncertain/Simulated. C15 Collective. Goethe Institute CHILE. Santiago.