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.
Jorquera was born in 1972 in Porriño (Pontevedra, Spain), though he has lived most of his life in Madrid. He has a degree in Agricultural Engineering, but has since forgotten most of it. He is the editor of impossible projects that take shape in unique books such as Cuaderno Número Cero, Cuaderno de China and Tao. He has a compulsive obsession with the night and electrical landscapes, which fill his mind with interference. He has been working on China since 2002. In 2006 the magazine Ojo de Pez published part of RADIOCHINA, a project for which he received the FotoPres Grant a year later. He has worked printing in black & white format at the Juan Manuel Castro Prieto Laboratory and has collaborated with Luis Asín. In 2007 he was awarded the ÁNGEL PHOTOGRAPHY GRANT for his project WUHAN. Since November 2007 he lives in China where he performs different art projects and manages NOPHOTO office, an Spanish Agency whose he is a founding member.