Isabel Muñoz (Barcelona, 1951) stands out as world-renowned photographer. Platinum developments and extra large formats are her favourite techniques used in order to strengthen her message of passion for the body as a means of approaching the study of human beings.
Tango and Flamenco (1989) are considered the starting point of her unremitting search of the sentiments and emotions of groups and cultures around the globe capturing the expressions of the human body. When Isabel Muñoz focuses her camera on dancers, wrestlers, warrior monks, bullfighters, prisoners, tribes, children –and more recently (2016) primates, reflecting human ancestry- she does it with the strong sense of commitment that characterizes her and her photography.
Her first individual exhibition, Toques (1986) at the French Institute in Madrid and her participation in Mois de la Photographie in Paris (1990) set her international projection as a world-class photographer. These lay out the first of hundreds of exhibitions throughout the main cities of Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Isabel’s photographs are shown in multiple permanent collections, such as Maison Européenne de la Photographie (París), New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), Contemporary Art Museum (Houston), Foto Colectania (Barcelona), Instituto Cervantes (Mexico City, Guatemala City, La Paz in Bolivia, Shanghai in China), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), Fundación Canal (Madrid).
Isabel Muñoz work has been widely recognized with numerous honours and distinctions. Recent awards include two World Press Photo prizes (2000 and 2004), Bartolomé Ros Prize (PHotoEspaña, 2009), the Gold Medal to Fine Arts awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture (2009), UNICEF Spain Awareness Rasing Award (2010) and Fundación DEARTE (2012).
Isabel Muñoz lives in Madrid since 1970 and her website can be visited at www.isabelmunoz.es