Victor Vargas Villafuerte is a Mexican independent filmmaker and photographer. He moved to Montreal in 2008 to study and work as a director and photographer.

With his documentary “Paal” he won many prices in film festivals around the world and was nominated to the Mexican Academy Award in 2013. His still photography has been recognized worldwide including first price at the Sony World Photo Awards in 2012.

Currently he works as a freelance photographer and director. Victor is represented by The Print Atelier

Constructed Photography

My work is an exploration of the dark side on everyday life, existence and nature. Ever since I was a child I have been attracted by the fascination/repulsion duality inherent in the uncanny. I see the process of creation as a personal exorcism ritual, where I try to discover an inherent seductiveness and beauty in what radiates a latent hideousness.

I want to confront the viewers with their own perceptions, to make them reconsider their cultural conditioning and end up with a more conscious insight
of the darkness in our existence.

Documentary

In this era known for its overwhelming production of images, I believe in the creation of lasting photographs, images that require reflection rather than fast
consumption.

My objective as a photographer is to show my point of view in an attempt to unveil things. I want to explore the world in all its complexity and show its good and bad aspects. My hope is to build bridges of communication and foster an increased awareness of our current reality, as well as our collective past and future.

For more information about Victor, visit www.vvvphoto.com


Awards

2013Vivacité Montreal / CALQ
2012Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards / Digitally Enhanced
2012First Prize, Sony World Photo Awards / Open Category Enhanced Images
2012Best Cinemaphotography, DOCSDF / Short Documentary
2012Grand Prize, PDNedu / Fine Art-Personal Work
2010Jury Prize, Laisse-Moi Voir contest organized by Quebec’s National Fine Arts Museum
2009First Prize, El Cielo Desde México / Light Pollution Category

Education and Training

2009-2012Professional Photography (DEC) – Dawson College
2008Cinema on video workshop – UNAM
2006-2008Photography workshop – UNAM
1997-2001License in Actuary (BAC) – UNAM

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014Carbon, Neubacher Gallery, Toronto, Canada, May
2013Hector García Photography Biennal, Hector Garcia Foundation Gallery, Mexico, March
2012Sony World Photo Awards, Somerset House. London, UK, April
2011Street Photography Now Exhibition, 18 Exmouth Market. London, UK, July
2011Flash Expo, Gallery Centre Culturel Valery Larbaud. Vichy, France
2010Laisse-Moi Voir, Gallery “Le Cercle”. Quebec, Canada, May
2009Canadian Cameras At Work, Three Shadows Photography Center. Beijing, China, August
2009El Cielo Desde México, Museum Universum. Mexico City, Mexico, August
2008Oficios en Bicicleta, Centro Cultural España de la Ciudad de México. Mexico City, Mexico, June
2008El Cielo Desde México, Museum Universum. Mexico City, Mexico, April
2007 Mirada Joven, Palacio de Minería. Mexico City, Mexico, December

Films

2012Paal, Co-director, co-producer, photography, 21 min, documentary
2008Ciudad Huacal, Photography, 10 min, documentary