Paola Paredes (b.1986) is an ecuadorean photographer. Blending traditional documentary photography with staged imagery, her work focuses on issues facing the LGBT community, exploring contemporary attitudes towards homosexuality in Ecuador. Putting herself at the forefront of her imagery, her work represents a personal and intimate challenge to social prejudices, and invites renewed discourse on the interactions between sexuality, family and personal freedom in contemporary society.
Paola received a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design in Quito before completing her first photography masters degree at Middlesex University in 2015. She also a second masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication in 2016.
Her first major photographic work ‘Unveiled’ was widely celebrated upon its publication, and has been extensively distributed online, receiving support from prominent publications including, Huffington Post, Feature Shoot, and Cosmopolitan. Her second project ‘Until You Change’ has also been widely celebrated online with prominent publications in BBC, Aljazeera, Yahoo News, Vanity Fair and more, as well as been exhibited internationally.
2016-London College of Communication. MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (Distinction)
2015 Middlesex University, London MA Photography (Merit)
2011 Metropolitan Institute of Design, Quito, Ecuador BA Graphic Design
Articles & Publications
Until You Change, Wampra Bar, Quito-Ecuador
Until You Change, Centro Cultural El Cuartel, Ibarra-Ecuador
Until You Change, Centro Integral Universidad Central, Quito-Ecuador
'Unveiled', Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC.
-Until You Change- Galerie Z22- Berlin, Germany
-Until You Change -Imago Lisboa-Lisboa Portugal
- Until You Change - Fundación Francis Naranjo- España
- Sheroes - Ugly Duck Gallery, London
-In Scope-Four Corners Gallery, London.
-Festival MeridaFoto, Venezuela.
-Just Another Photo Festival, India.
-Invisible Edges- Ugly Duck Gallery, London.
-Art Gemini Prize-Menier Gallery, London.
-Exploración de la fotografía en escenarios ibéricos en prácticas conceptuales y documentales-Hillyer Art Space, -Washington DC.
-Portrait Salon, London.
-FotoLoft Gallery, Moscú
-Middlesex University Group Exhibition, Embassy Tea Gallery, London
Awards & Nominations
-Royal Photographic Society- 100 Hundred Heroines, 100 inspirational female image-makers
-Magnum Photos - Graduate Photographer- Nominee
-One World Media Awards- Shortlisted
-Genesis Imaging - Mentorship
-Life Framer Monthly Competition - Winner
-Art Gemini Prize - Second Prize Winner
-Moscow International Foto Awards- Second Prize Winner- Category: People/Family
-Hillyer Art Space - Winner of a Solo exhibition
- Sheroes - Today is Hard- London
- Cinecyclo - Mujeres en el paro de Octubre - Quito Ecuador
-Flacso University - Gender and sexuality - Until you change and Unveiled - Quito Ecuador
-University San Francisco de Quito - Deconstructing the artistic process- Quito Ecuador
-Universidad de las Américas- Until You Change-Quito Ecuador
-Wambra Bar-Until You Change- Quito Ecuador
-Venir al Sur- Until You Change- México DF
-Pride Event Slovenia- Until You Change- Ljubljana, Sloveni
-Flacso University -Until You Change- Quito, Ecuador
- Universidad Central del Ecuador- Documentary photography and personal projects- Quito, Ecuador