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
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.
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
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
|2013||Vivacité Montreal / CALQ|
|2012||Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards / Digitally Enhanced|
|2012||First Prize, Sony World Photo Awards / Open Category Enhanced Images|
|2012||Best Cinemaphotography, DOCSDF / Short Documentary|
|2012||Grand Prize, PDNedu / Fine Art-Personal Work|
|2010||Jury Prize, Laisse-Moi Voir contest organized by Quebec’s National Fine Arts Museum|
|2009||First Prize, El Cielo Desde México / Light Pollution Category|
Education and Training
|2009-2012||Professional Photography (DEC) – Dawson College|
|2008||Cinema on video workshop – UNAM|
|2006-2008||Photography workshop – UNAM|
|1997-2001||License in Actuary (BAC) – UNAM|
Selected Group Exhibitions
|2014||Carbon, Neubacher Gallery, Toronto, Canada, May|
|2013||Hector García Photography Biennal, Hector Garcia Foundation Gallery, Mexico, March|
|2012||Sony World Photo Awards, Somerset House. London, UK, April|
|2011||Street Photography Now Exhibition, 18 Exmouth Market. London, UK, July|
|2011||Flash Expo, Gallery Centre Culturel Valery Larbaud. Vichy, France|
|2010||Laisse-Moi Voir, Gallery “Le Cercle”. Quebec, Canada, May|
|2009||Canadian Cameras At Work, Three Shadows Photography Center. Beijing, China, August|
|2009||El Cielo Desde México, Museum Universum. Mexico City, Mexico, August|
|2008||Oficios en Bicicleta, Centro Cultural España de la Ciudad de México. Mexico City, Mexico, June|
|2008||El Cielo Desde México, Museum Universum. Mexico City, Mexico, April|
|2007||Mirada Joven, Palacio de Minería. Mexico City, Mexico, December|
|2012||Paal, Co-director, co-producer, photography, 21 min, documentary|
|2008||Ciudad Huacal, Photography, 10 min, documentary|