Joana Biarnés

A keen photographic eye

Truly great people tend to stand out for their humility. At least that is the case of Joana Biarnés, Spain’s first female photojournalist.
Written by Inma Buendía
Photographed by Lander Larrañaga

Truly great people tend to stand out for their humility. At least that is the case of Joana Biarnés, Spain’s first female photojournalist. You can tell from her undeniable charisma, amazing vitality, courage and brilliant sense of humour how she managed to hold her own among her male peers and how – despite ups and downs – she’s never lost her pugnacious feisty spirit. That spirit has remained intact or may actually have grown since she first decided to hang a camera round her neck and go out into the world to photograph it.

Juanita (as her colleagues call her) just wanted to get on with her work as a photojournalist just like any other of her compeers but as she strove along the way to demonstrate her passion for photography and talent for the job, she actually became one of the pioneers of the early 60s struggle for sexual equality.

Read the full story in Issue 9

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