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Ire Lenes is a documentary photographer from Madrid, where she lives and works. She is a Sociologist by profession, she has been trained in the new documentary and contemporary landscape at the PICA School in Alcobendas and Photoespaña in Madrid.

She focuses her work on the relationship of people with their surroundings and their history, always understanding the individual and society as an indivisible binomial. Through visual narration she investigates societies or social issues that interest her as a sociologist.

Since 2016, her work focuses on the investigation of ethnic minorities in the Baltic countries after their independence from the Soviet Union.

Although the main weight of her work is documentary, she also develops works experimental with polaroid camera and pinhole.



2017-2018   PIC.A PhotoEspaña , MA Photography  and Artistic project, Madrid,  Spain

2013-2017   PIC.A PhotoEspaña, Degree documentary photography , Madrid, Spain

2007-2008   Escuela Diplomática MAEC-AECI, MA International Relations, Madrid, Spain

2000-2005   UCM,  Degree Sociology, Madrid, Spain



2019   Archipiélagos, La Kursala,  Spain.


2021   XI Encontro de Artistas Novos, Selected Artist   

2021   ING Talent Award, Public Prize

2021   OnPhoto Soria, Second Place

2020   Futures Photography, Selected Artist

2020   Enrique Algarra  Award, Winner

2019   PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Silver Winner

2018   Banc Sabadell Foundation DOCfield Dummy Award, Finalist

2018   ADP Ciudad de Alcobendas Award, Second Place

2018   11th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, Honorable Mention

2018   Transeurope  PHE, Selected artist Scholarship

2017   DKV Albarracín Photography and Journalism Seminar, Winner Scholarship

2017   Ciudad de Alcalá  Awards, Winner

2017   PhotoEspaña MA Photography and Artistic project , Scholarship

2017   Aphoto Reporter Award, Honorable Mention

2017   NexoFoto Award, Finalist

2017   Descubrimientos PHE, Selected artist Scholarship

2016   ADP Ciudad de Alcobendas Award, Winner

2016   XIX Certamen Jóvenes Creadores Ávila, Winner





SOLO Exhibitions

2021   Ojos Rojos Festival, "Archipiélagos", Xàbia, Spain.

2019   Torre DKV, "Archipiélagos", Zaragoza, Spain.

2019   La Kursala, "Archipiélagos", Cádiz. Spain

2019   Grisart , "Archipiélagos", Barcelona, Spain.

2019   EFTI , "Archipiélagos", Madrid, Spain.

2019   Sala Cuidart , "Archipiélagos", Denia, Spain.

2018   Torre de Albarracín , "Archipiélagos", Albarracín, Spain.

GROUP Exhibitions

2021   ING Talent, Kunsthal Art Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

2020   Futures Photography, PHE, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid.

2020   Hola! 西班牙當代攝影書 Introduction to Spanish Photobooks, Taipei, Taiwan.

2018   Foto Colectania, DOCfield Dummy Award, Barcelona.

2018   Centro Cultural Anabel Segura,  “A mi feminidad”, Alcobendas.

2018   Centro de Arte Alcobendas, "Miscelánea", Alcobendas.

2018   Alcalá Visual Hospital Santa María la Rica, " Archipiélagos “, Alcalá de Henares.

2017   Miguel Delibes PIC.A , "Río Proyect", Alcobendas.

2016   Centro Cultural Anabel Segura,  “Miradas", Alcobendas.



ING Nederland

Colección DKV

La Kursala

Private collections


2018   XVIII Albarracín Photography and Journalism Seminar, Soviet Parkas

2017   SANfest Festival, Autofobia

2016   Fotonoche, Centro de Arte Alcobendas. Autofobia