About me

I am a freelance photographer based in Istanbul (Turkey) since May 2015. Before that, I was based in Johannesburg (South Africa) for just over 6 years, working full time as a Freelance Photographer. 


I received a Masters degree in Architecture at E.T.S.A.B. Barcelona in 2004 and also studied at U.L.P.G.C. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and L.T.H. Lund (Sweden). During my studies, I worked for Joan Prats (Art Gallery) in Barcelona. After completing my degree, I worked in several offices of Architecture in Barcelona and Manhattan. I have been shooting since an early age and publishing since 2006.

My work has been published in Time Magazine, National Geographic Serbia, Newsweek, The Economist, Vanity Fair, Stern, The Washington Post, The Guardian, BBC, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar UK... and I regularly work for UNICEF, Unicef UK, UNHCR and Save the Children UK. 


I have travelled to about 70 countries and lived in Spain, Sweden, India, US, China, South Korea, South Africa and currently in Turkey.
I can speak Catalan, Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese and French.


Mobile: +90 539 479 1901 (while in Turkey)
Mobile: +27 715 54 6760 (while travelling and not in Turkey)
Email: jordi.matas@gmail.com or info@jordimatas.net.


© Portrait picture by photographer and friend Jurie Senekal
© Group picture by photographer and friend Nadim Boughanmi

Follow me on


Humanitarian Work Portfolio: http://www.jordimatas.net
General Work Portfolio: http://www.jordimatas.me
Instagram: https://instagram.com/jordi.matas
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jordimatas

Travel experience


Europe:Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Monaco, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Vatican City
Asia:Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, South Korea and Thailand
Middle East:Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Turkey and UAE
America:   Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and USA
Africa:Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
If you would like to see more of my work in different countries, please click here.



Cameras:   Canon 5D Mark lV, Canon 5D Mark lII and Fujifilm X-T1
Lenses:EF 24-70 mm f:2.8 L Mark II USM, EF 70-200 mm f:2.8 L USM, Fujinon Aspherical Lens Super EBC 35mm, f:1.4 and Fujinon Aspherical Lens XF 16mm, 1:1.4 R WR
Laptop:Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch Retina Display
Other:Microphone Sennheiser EW 100 G3 Series, tripod Manfrotto Pro Tripod 055XPROB with Photo/Video Pan and Tilt head 391RC2, lighting LED Light, portable stand and reflector and a flash Canon 580 EX ll Speedlite

Qualifications and courses


Masters Degree in architecture at the ETSAB Barcelona.
1 Year exchange program at the Lund University of Architecture LTH in Sweden.
Followed Media and Writing studies at UCT (University of Cape Town, South Africa); Photojournalism, Middle Eastern History, History of Photography, Media Studies.

UN Course: Basic Security in the Field 2.0. (2018)
UN Course: Advance Security in the Field. (2018)
Save the Children Course: Personal Safety and Security. (2016)

UN Course: Prevention of Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Authority in the Work Place. (2014)
UN Course: Protection Induction Programme, UNHCR. (2014)
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: Stay Safe Course. (2014)



'Paralympians with Polio Portrait Project' at Rotary International, in association with the British Pakistan Foundation,  UNICEF, Global Poverty Project and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, London (UK), 2012
'Harlem Soirée, 3 Artists' at 615 West 143rdSt. Gallery, New York City (USA), 2007.
'XXXVll Vila de Palamós' in Palamós (Spain), 2006.





FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup Accreditation as Spanish Freelance Photographer. 8 Games + Final.
First Award Social at 'XXXVll Vila de Palamós' photo Competition in Palamós (Spain), 2006.



Catalan: Mother language
Spanish: Mother language
English: Advanced
French: Medium
Italian: Medium
Portuguese: Medium


Member of


FCA (Foreign Correspondents Association)