Alvaro Sanchez-Montañes.

“On my desktop: My passport (I’m traveling to Dubai the day after tomorrow), a vintage lamp (present from a friend) that I love, a wooden box bought in Morocco where I put very important things!, a pencil recipient I use for signing my works, Melatonine (I am not sleeping well these days….) and of course my Wacom Tablet and my Mac. The green item on the wall is something I bought in Cambodia, is made from rice bag, converted to have many small boxes to put small things inside.

On the other side, I have a self plenty of boxes and things, a picture of Lluis Artus, a very good friend and one of my favorite photographers, and a metal stripe to put papers using magnets where you can see a Leonard Cohen ticket.”

Alvaro Sanchez-Montanes is a photographer born and raised in Madrid (1973) where he lived until completing his University studies. He is currently living in Barcelona where he has developed his photography career for several years now. His work has been exhibited in Madrid, Barcelona and New York among other cities, achieving several awards and mentions such as the Epson Photography Award 2009, Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña 2010 (finalist) and International Photo Award 2009. His work is present in numerous public and private collections.

(Inspired by an article he read about abandoned diamond mines in Namibia, Álvaro Sánchez-Montañés wanted to learn more. In a magazine he stumbled across one picture of Kolmanskop, a ghost town in southern Namibia; once a rich mining village. He promised he would one day experience the Namib desert for himself. When he arrived; he found “the beauty in the abandoned, of the useless, of the time passing by.”)

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