Contemporary Photography

Master - 9 months

  • School: Visual Communication
  • IED Credits: 60

De​velop your own vision of photography in a creative and collaborative environment with teachers of such renown as Martin Parr, Joan Fontcuberta, Irina Chmyreva ​and ​Andreas Müller-Pohle.

  • School: Visual Communication
  • IED Credits: 60
  • Start date: October 2021
  • Language : English

Contemporary Photography

The Master of Contemporary Photography is, at present, the most ambitious training proposal in the field of art photography and aims to become meeting point for artists and professionals, enriching this field in Spain.

Practical and innovative, it is a unique programme based on the excellence of its faculty (Martin ParrIrina ChmyrevaJoan Fontcuberta and Andreas Müller-Pohle, among others). It emerged on the basis of the premise that there exists a European conceptual and creative identity, which can and should be an important reference point in the fields of academia, culture and the art market. In this sense, the participation of students from a range of continents is especially interesting and enriching.

In consequence, the European Master of Contemporary Photography is based on three main pillars:
• International nature, with a special focus on the European realm.
• The excellence of the faculty.
• A focus on the production of an artistic project.

With its mixed format, this degree will allow all students to learn, participate and be part of the IED community in person, in physical and virtual classrooms, and remotely. 

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Program Leader

Moritz Neumüller

Moritz Neumüller, is a Barcelona-based curator, educator and writer in the field of Photography and New Media. He has worked for institutions such as MoMA New York, La Fábrica Madrid and PhotoIreland Festival. He is the academic director of the Photo Department of IED Madrid, and a regular contributor to magazines such as European Photography, foam and Photoresearcher. Since 2010, he runs the The Curator Ship, an online resource for visual artists. Recent curatorial projects for Daegu Biennial (Korea), Photobook Week Aarhus (DK), and The Birmingham Library (UK).


Joan Fontcuberta

Artist & Curator

Born in 1955 in Barcelona, Spain. Is a conceptual artist whose best-known works, such as Fauna and Sputnik, examine the truthfulness of photography. In addition, he is a writer, editor, teacher, and curator.

Martin Parr

Artist & Curator

Born in 1952 in Epsom, United Kingdom. In the face of the constantly growing flood of images released by the media, his photographs offer us the opportunity to see the world from his unique perspective. As a result, his photographs are original and entertaining, accessible and understandable. He also works as a curator, specialized in photobooks.

Irina Tchmyreva


Born in 1974 in Russia. Currently senior researcher of photography in Department of Russian Art of XX c, teaching since 1996 in different education programs in many countries, making portfolio review at different international and local photo-events. She has organized several exhibitions of Russian old and contemporary photography as for MMOMA as for other institutions in Denmark (2008), China (2009) etc.

Andreas Müller-Pohle

Artist & Publisher

Born in 1951 in Braunschweig, Germany. He studied Economics and Communications and, in 1979, founded European Photography, an independent art magazine for contemporary photography and new media. Müller-Pohle’s works have been widely published and exhibited and are included in numerous private and museum collections worldwide.

Érika Goyarrola

Curator and researcher

Érika Goyarrola (Bilbao, 1984) holds a PhD in humanities from Pompeu Fabra University (2015) with a thesis on self-referentiality in contemporary photography: Francesca Woodman, Antoine d’Agata and Alberto García-Alix'. She co-curated, among others, 'alt-architecture' exhibition at CaixaForum Barcelona (2016) or '1+1=12. Encuentros de Fotografía Contemporánea' exhibition cycle at Institut français Madrid (2014).

Simon Roberts


Born in 1974 in Croydon, United Kingdom. His photographs have been exhibited widely with recent shows a the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai. He was identified by Photo District News as one of their PDN30 Emerging Artists (2004). Motherland, his first monograph, was published by Chris Boot Lt. in 2007 to critical acclaim.

Mireia Sallarès

Visual Artist

Mireia Sallarès (Barcelona, 1973) is a visual artist graduate in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona, with studies in cinematography at the New School University and the Film & Video Arts of NewYork. She also freelances as an independent filmmaker, doing documentaries for the Documentation Center of the Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA); and she is a visiting professor of several international masters.

Joan Villaplana

Artist & Educator

Born in 1976 in Manresa, Spain. Started his Photography studies in Barcelona, extending them afterwards in different forms in Arles. In 2002 he obtained a BA in Humanities, majoring in philosophy and aesthetics. He works with photography and video. He is involved in several education programs, whose aim is to teach the photographic language in elementary and high schools and university levels.



Ricardo Cases


Born in 1971 in Orihuela, Spain. Lives and works in Madrid and Valencia. Holds a degree in Journalism by the University of The Basque Country. He is a member of the Blank Paper collective and runs a publishing project called Fiesta Ediciones. His book Paloma al aire has achieved wide recognition since its publication.

Nicolás Combarro

Artist & Curator

Born in 1979 in A Coruña, Spain. He studied Audiovisual Communication in Madrid where he works as independent artist and curator. As an artist he has exhibited his work in Spain and internationally. As a curator, he has worked on monographic projects for artists as Alberto García-Alix: Reina Sofia National Museum in Madrid, UCCA in Beijing, MAAM in Moscow or Miguel Angel Campano in Kiosko de Alfonso/Palexco.


Different projects by alumni of the European Master of Contemporary Photography.

Success stories

Jorge Fuembuena

I studied the Master and it became an opportunity to discover new languages related with photography and contemporary art

Jorge Fuembuena

Year 2013-2014

He works as an Artist

After working for a whole year on defining our own style we formed a collective and produced an installation for PhotoEspaña Festival

Wawi Navarroza

Year 2011-2012

She works as Artist and Musician

The most valuable thing I learned was to think before I create a photograph.

Nikita Pirogov

Year 2011-2012

He works as a Photographer and Artist

To have the opportunity to share my work with photographers and curators during the Master helped me to get a lot of exposure when I finished it

Alena Zhandarova

Year 2012-2013

She works as a Photographer and Artist

To share the photos I was doing with my talented colleagues during the Master helped me to have a wider vision of my work

Yutaka Nozowa

Year 2013-2014

He works as a Photographer and Artist

The most helpful thing was the constant dialogue and questioning of my own point of view, the exposure of my work to others who through their experience and vision widened mine

Eufália C. Paz

Year 2011-2012

She works as a Photographer and Artist

Course file

Contemporary Photography

  • Type of course : Master
  • Language : English
  • School: Visual Communication
  • IED Credits: 60
  • Start date: October 2021
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Timetable : Morning-Afternoon This Master program is structured around workshops and the elaboration of a tutored final project. Thus, the number of classes per week vary, according to each phase of the course. Workshops last from one to five days. Tutoring will be held on a monthly basis. August and september are dedicated for production and no workshops will be held meanwhile.
  • Attendance: Mixed
  • Qualification: Private At the end of the course, an accredited certificate will be awarded for having completed it satisfactorily.
  • Directed to : Photographers with a professional career, as well as artists in the photography industry who want to break into the art world. People with degrees in Fine Arts, Audiovisual Communications, Advertising, Journalism, Art History or Humanities who want to deepen their knowledge of artistic photography
  • Admission process : Curriculum Vitae, Letter of Interest for taking this course, A portfolio on a specific project that uses photography as its major form of expression (maximum 3MB). Personal interview as deemed necessary by the Academic Coordination. Language: Classes will be held in English (in the event of holding any activity in Spanish, simultaneous translation into English will be available).
  • Enrollment rate: 3900 €
  • Course Fee: 11500 €

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