Founded in 2005, NOPHOTO is a contemporary photography collective that aims to make UNCONVENTIONAL individual and collective projects viable.
The collective is characterized by its open content, an interdisciplinary thread in its forms, the use of multiple supports such as the web and digital projections when distributing projects, and the personal involvement of its members during the creative and production process.
NOPHOTO takes negation as its starting point. NOPHOTO is not an agency of photographers, but an ATTITUDE. A way of seeing. A revolution. A ‘NO’ (where there’s never enough).
This aesthetic attitude makes NOPHOTO not renounce any kind of creation or exhibition. Works by the collective offer an experienced view of the everyday, which always leads to the extraordinary. This process is the result of group reflection and interaction among alternative creative processes.
“It’s not that we like to take the opposing view; it’s that we enjoy walking slowly, clumsily, observing minute differences between things, discovering their rhythms. Trying to describe an object, turn it on its head, comb its surroundings and cover the entire perimeter. Asking ourselves what it’s made of and what role it plays in the story. Demanding of ourselves that we wear the subject out and still haven’t said anything. Demanding of ourselves that we look closely and yet haven’t resolved anything. Not to illustrate, define or take photographs. We like to unphotograph things and unname them.”
NOPHOTO was awarded the Revelación Award 2006 by the PHotoEspaña International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts.
Juan Millás (Madrid, 1975) combines his freelance work in editorial photography with his own photo projects, which often explore the historic and aesthetic facets of the medium. As a high school student, he was impacted by the unusual character of photography, which motivated him to study Art History at the UAM in Madrid (B.A., 2003) while at the same time, he completed his Masters in Photography Fellowship at EFTI (2002). Millás has collaborated with different publications such as El País Semanal, XL Semanal, Marie Claire, Tráveler and Yo Dona. Together with 12 other photographers, he co-founded the NOPHOTO collective in 2005, developing photography projects awarded at ARCO 06 and PHotoEspaña 06, among others that have been highly acclaimed in Spain and abroad over the past decade. In 2008, Millás was nominated for the KLM Paul Huf International Photography Award (FOAM, Amsterdam) and was chosen by the Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland) to participate in Plat(t)form 08. Highlighted among his projects are the monograph ‘Península’ with co-author Eduardo Nave (Honorable Mention, Editorial RM PhotoBook Prize), ‘This Is Spain’ (VEGAP and FotoPres Grants), ‘El último verano’ / The Last Summer, and ‘A Grove of Trees from a Point of View.’ Currently, Millás is also the editor and co-founder of the publication DÚO, an instructor at the TAI School in Madrid, and collaborates with Lens Visual Arts School in Madrid and the IED Madrid Istituto Europeo di Design.