Joan Fontcuberta is born in 1955 in Barcelona, where he lives and works. In 1980 he co-founded Photovision magazine . Currently he teaches at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and runs seminars in the School of Art and Design de Vevey (CH). Both his artistic and theoretical activity focus on issues of representation, knowledge, memory, science, truthfulness, ambiguity and trompe-l'oeil. The first publication with his work was Herbarium (1984); in 1993 the I.V.A.M. museum released Historia Artificial and lately another monograph appeared: Twilight Zones (2000). Author or editor of a dozen of books. In 1988 receives the David Octavious Hill medal, awarded by the Fotografische Akademie GDL in Germany. In 1994 he was appointed Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. In 1998 he was awarded with the National Price in Photography by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. In 1996 he has been the artistic director for the International Photography Festival in Arles.