Joana Biarnés Archive

The photographer Joana Biarnés

The photographic work of Joana Biarnés i Florensa (Terrassa, 1935-2018), considered the first female photojournalist in Spain, is a guarded property by the Photographic Social Vision Foundation.

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Witness a time of social and cultural changes


Her images show an important stage of the 20th century: the years of the Franco regime, with a sad and impoverished Spain, and the beginnings of democracy, its aspirations for freedom and how illusion was recovered. Joana Biarnés knew how to capture a changing society, also leaving testimony of catastrophes, sporting events and social events.

Important people of national art such as Dalí, Buñuel, Lola Flores, Rocío Durcal, Rocío Jurado, Marisol, Massiel, Joan Manuel Serrat or Raphael paraded before her camera, portrayed in a close and natural way. And international artists such as Orson Welles, Jack Lemmon, Yul Brinner, Roman Polanski, Clint Eastwood, or the Beatles themselves also surrendered to their charisma, being the only one who came to photograph the band in the privacy of their hotel room, during his Spanish tour.


A pioneering woman in photojournalism


Started in the profession as an assistant to her father, a sports photographer, she became a pioneer by overcoming the prejudices of what was until then a sector reserved for men.

She triumphed as a photojournalist, especially between the 60s and 70s, but in the 80s, faced with the rise of sensationalism and the tabloid press, she preferred to abandon the profession and dedicate herself to new personal challenges, thus fading from official history.

However, in 2012, her archive would be rediscovered by chance, when a documentary filmmaker, who was looking for images of floods in Catalonia in 1962, located the impressive images with which the then young apprentice had immortalized that disaster. This is how, fortunately, we recovered the trail of a legendary photographer.

Since 2014, the Photographic Social Vision Foundation has been representative of the Joana Biarnés Archive and one of our great pride has been to have worked side by side with the photographer at the time of her rediscovery, collaborating in her well-deserved media and institutional recognition. Over the course of five years we researched and digitized her archive, organized exhibitions, arranged interviews with the author, defended her intellectual property rights, and sold her photographs to collectors. In addition, we co-edited the anthological book Disparando con el corazón with Blume Editorial and co-produced the documentary Una entre todos, together with Rec Produccions (link to see it on Filmin). We also had the pleasure of participating in the episode dedicated to Joana that closed the first season of the TVE docuseries Detrás del Instante about greats of Spanish photography, and also in the biography No serà fàcil. Joana Biarnés, una fotògrafa en un món d’homes, by Jordi Rovira, published in Catalan by La Campana.


The legacy of Joana Biarnés and the future of photojournalism


Joana Biarnés receives the Medal of Honor from the Terrassa City Council © Imma Cortés

Since the photographer’s death in December 2018, we have had the honor of continuing to manage her legacy and copyright and make her work available to collectors. And since 2022, the Photographic Foundation is also the owner of the Joan Biarnés Archive and guards the negatives that hold Biarnés’ original work, thanks to the generous donation made by Jean Michel Bamberger, journalist and Joana’s widower.

Today, Joana has regained her place as indispensable in photography in this country. But there is still much to do in disseminating his figure and his vital principles. That is why in 2019, coinciding with the first anniversary of her loss, we presented the Beca Joana Biarnés (a scholarship for young photojournalists), with which we annually fulfill one of the photographer’s last wishes: that the benefits of her work go towards strengthening professional development. of future generations of photojournalists.


Exhibitions with the work of Joana Biarnés


Currently, four traveling exhibitions travel spreading his legacy:


Discover the photographs for sale from the Joana Biarnés Archive


  • Analog copies made by hand, from the original negatives, and numbered.
  • Black and white gelatin silver print on baryta paper and selenium bath.
  • Signed by the photographer or certified by her husband Jean Michel Bamberger and the Foundation.
  • Measures 30 x 40 cm and 40 x 40 cm.

In the download icon that you will find below we offer you the catalog with a selection of her work for sale:


To access more work by Joana Biarnés, obtain more details or make an appointment to see the copies, contact: or call 93 217 36 63.

A sample from the Joana Biarnés Archive
Trailer of the documentary "One among all"

Exhibitions and awards:




Tros de dona, collective exhibition, Museu de la Vida Rural, L’Espluga de Francolí, Girona.

Joana Biarnés. Madrid – Moda a pie de calle, Sala Canal de Isabel II,  Madrid.



Visca el Pop!, collective exhibition, El Palacín, León.

Disparando con el corazón – Mit dem Herzen gesehen. f3 – Freiraum fúr fotografie, Berlín.

Dives i còmplices. Retrats de la Transició. Espai de Cultura Contemporània Les Bernardes. Salt, Girona.

Joana Biarnés. A contracorriente. Sala Velázquez de la Fundación Cajasol, Sevilla. 



Joana Biarnés. Disparando con el corazón, Festival Fotomatón de fotografía, Orihuela, Alicante.



Joana Biarnés. Moda a pie de calle. Sala Muncunill. Terrassa.



Joana Biarnés. Moda a pie de calle. Tinglado 2, centre d’Art Tarragona.

Joana Biarnés. Disparant amb el cor. Casa de Cultura de Girona, Girona.



Premio Graffica. Murcia.

Moda y fotografía. Exposición colectiva. Museo del Traje, festival PhotoEspaña, Madrid.

Joana Biarnés. Disparant amb el cor. Festival In Cadaqués, Cadaqués, Girona.

Joana Biarnés. Disparant amb el cor. Castell de Rubí, Rubí, Barcelona.



La fotografía como espacio público, Colectiva. Arts Santa Mónica, Barcelona.

El rostre, l’instant i el lloc. Centre Cultural El Casino, Manresa.

Joana Biarnés. Disparant amb el cor. Festival Fine Art Igualada.

De l‘ombra a la llum. Exposición colectiva junto a Laia Abril y Sandra Balsells. Fundación Setba, Barcelona.

Juana Biarnés. A contracorriente. La Lonja, Zaragoza.

Fotógrafa invitada en el Festival Formentera Fotogràfica.

Joana Biarnés. El ojo cómplice. Sala del CDIS, UIMP, Santander.

Retratos. Juana Biarnés. Festival Internacional de Benidorm.

Subasta en beneficio de la Fundación Balia, Museo Thyssen, Madrid.

Nuevas adquisiciones de fotografía de la Colección Nacional de la Generalitat de Catalunya (colectiva), Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona.

Recibe la Medalla de Honor del Ayuntamiento de Terrassa.

Joana Biarnés. A contracorrent. Palau Robert, Barcelona.



El rostre, l’ instant i el lloc. Museu d’Art Jaume Morera, Lleida.

Distinción. Un siglo de fotografia de moda (colectiva). Museu del Disseny, Barcelona.

Juana Biarnés. A contracorriente. Sala Fernando Fernán Gómez, Festival PhotoEspaña, Madrid.

Joana Biarnés i The Beatles, 1965. Sala de l´EMD de l´Estartit, Beatles Weekend 2016.

Joana Biarnés. Disparant amb el cor. IX Biennal de Fotografia Xavier Miserachs, Palafrugell.

Joana Biarnés. Disparant amb el cor. Galeria Valid Foto, Barcelona.

Subasta Aficionarte (colectiva). Fundación Pequeño Deseo. Galería Senda, Barcelona.

Premio Juan José Castillo de Periodismo, El Mundo Deportivo.

Premio Agulla de Plata del Festival Revela’t.

Premio Insignia de Oro de la AIG (Asociacion de Informadores Gráficos). Logroño, La Rioja.



The Beatles,1965. Sala Estrella, Festival Revela´t 2015, Vilassar de Dalt, Barcelona.

La parálisis cerebral desde la mirada de Joana Biarnés. Sala del Archivo Tobella y en itinerancia posterior en el Centro Cultural de Terrassa, Terrassa.

Premio de la Federació d’Associacions d’Editors de Premsa, Revistes i Mitjans Digitals. Barcelona.


El rostre, l’instant i el lloc. Sala Muncunill, Terrassa.

Reconocimiento con la Creu de Sant Jordi de la Generalitat de Catalunya.



XIII Seminario de fotografía y periodismo de Albarracín.



50º aniversari de la riuada de Terrassa (colectiva). Museu de Terrassa, Terrassa.


Fotógrafas pioneras de Cataluña (colectiva). Palau Robert, Barcelona.