April 25, 1993, at 17 years old and without any knowledge of photography, I present myself to a photographic contest in my hometown Berga (Barcelona), I did not win the contest, but a passion began in my life, then it will be my profession.
Start university studies for the Graduate in Photography at the UPC. 3 years of technical training. According to one of my teachers: “Picasso, before making his magnificent works, you had to learn to make a circle, you are not here to make great works, you are here to learn to make circles.”
Three months before finishing my degree, he calls me one of the great packaging photographers in Spain. He has been left without an assistant and needs someone for only three months, our relationship will last 3 years! With him I learn everything that the school has not been able to teach me, I learn to be a professional.
My partner has to go live in Madrid and I embark on an adventure with her to set up my own company, I start this great path in advertising. I collaborate with agencies such as Ogilvy, JWT, ArteFacto, Mc Cann,… I also take the opportunity to expand my studies at the UOC, obtaining the title of Technical Engineer in Management Informatics.
3 years later we have to return to Barcelona and, despite the longing and difficulties, I start again maintaining the contacts in Madrid. Here I collaborate with Mc Cann, Grey, VMLY & R, TBWA, Wunderman Thompson, JWT …, design studios such as Pulp Design, Summa, Little Buddha, Julius, Logic Design, Branward, Coleman, … and for international clients such as Nestlé, Jumbo, Gallina Blanca, Danone, Jack Daniel’s, Affinity, Campofrío, Buitoni, Seat. At this time I combine my work as a photographer with teaching at IDEP …
Now is the time to win competitions and festivals: 9 AFPE LUXs awards, 3 Cannes lions (gold, silver and bronze) among many other festivals and competitions. The publisher Lürzer’s Archive chooses me as “200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide 2016/2017”. You can see the entire repertoire here: https://www.davidbarra.com/awards/.
I increase my experience as a teacher, this time in a major league, the University. I begin to teach photography to students of the degree of Advertising and Public Relations.
You sign up? This is your chapter. I would like you to be part of this story. I am convinced that we can do even greater things, my passion for photography and my dedication to this world make it possible for us to achieve great goals together with you. I wait for you!.