About me

I am an independent documentary photographer working on assignments with Humanitarian NGOs & International news outlets, based in Barcelona and working globally.
Before that, I was based in Istanbul (Turkey) for over 5 years, and in Johannesburg (South Africa) for over 6 years, working full time as a Freelance Photographer.

I received a Master’s 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 at Joan Prats (Art Gallery) in Barcelona. After completing my degree, I worked in several offices of Architecture in Barcelona (Spain) and New York City (USA). 

My work has been published in National Geographic, Time Magazine, 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, amounting to more than 110 field missions, in more than 45 countries. 

I have travelled to more than 70 countries and lived in Sweden, India, US, China, South Korea, South Africa, Turkey and currently in Spain.

I can speak Catalan, Spanish, English, and communicate in Italian, Portuguese, and French.


Mobile: +34 621 209 236
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

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My Showreel: https://www.jordimatas.net/portfolio/showreel
Humanitarian Work Portfolio: https://www.jordimatas.net
Other Work - Travel Photography: https://www.LimitedEditionPrints.co
Other Work - Architecture: https://www.JordiMatas.eu
Instagram: https://instagram.com/jordi.matas 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jordimatas




Travel experience





Europe:Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Monaco, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vatican City. (29)
Asia:Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, South Korea and Thailand. (11)
Middle East:Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Turkey, and UAE. (6)
America:   Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, and the USA. (7)
Africa:Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (27)

Qualifications and courses


Master’s Degree in architecture at the ETSAB Barcelona.
1 Year exchange program at 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.

WFP course: Ethics and Standards of Conduct at WFP. 2023
WFP course: Prevention of Fraud, Corruption and SEA at WFP. 2023
WFP course: Preventing and Responding to Abusive Conduct at WFP. 2023
WFP course: Cyber Security Awareness Essentials. 2023
Save the Children course: Safeguarding Essentials and SCUK Handling Data at Save the Children (GDPR). 2023
Save the Children course: Personal Safety and Security. 2023
UNICEF course: BSAFE. 2023
UNICEF course: Prevention of Sexual Explotation and Abuse (PSEA) Recertification 2021. 2023
UNICEF course: Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Authority (2021 version). 2023
UNICEF course: Ethics and Integrity (2020 update). 2023
UNICEF course: Ethics and Integrity. 2020
Save the Children course: Personal Safety and Security. 2019
Save the Children course: Handling Data at Save the Children. 2019
Save the Children course: Code of Conduct. 2019
Save the Children course: Child Safeguarding. 2019
UN Course: BSAFE. 2019
UN Course: ICT Information Security Awareness Training (InfoSec). 2018
UN Course: Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA). 2018
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
UN Course: Basic Security in the Field 2.0. 2014
UN Course: Advance Security in the Field. 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
Italian: Medium
French: Basic/Medium
Portuguese: Basic