About me

I am an independent documentary photographer working on assignments with Humanitarian NGOs & International news media, based in Barcelona (since September 2020) 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 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 (Spain) and New York City (USA). 

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 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, 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




Travel experience





Europe:Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Monaco, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vatican City. (26)
Asia:Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, South Korea and Thailand. (10)
Middle East:Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Turkey and UAE. (6)
America:   Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and the USA. (5)
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)



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.

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