Paola Paredes (b.1986) is a photographer born and based in Quito, Ecuador. 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 Latest project ‘Until You Change’ has also been widely celebrated online with prominent publications in BBC, Aljazeera, Yahoo News, Vanity Fair and more.

Email: pulupao@gmail.com

Education
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
2017
 
Global Americans
Aj+
Al Jazeera
Huffington Post
Vanity Fair
Yahoo News
Elle
Cosmopolitan
Huck Magazine
Feature Shoot
El Mundo
Metro UK
France 24 Les Observateurs
Telesur
The Revelist
Cultura Inquieta
Design Taxi
P3
Dressstyle
Corriere della sera
New York Daily News
2016
BBC
Spindle Magazine
Art Narratives
Fotofeminas
2015
Huffington Post
Feature Shoot
Buzzfeed
Stern
Cosmopolitan
Fotografia
Advocate
Arts Mic
Daily Mail
Bustle
Pride
Metro UK
Vantage
A+ Magazine
Berliner Beitung
Postive Magazine
Darwin Magazine
Otizarisme
Life Framer
Printed Publications
 
2017
-L-Mag Berlin
-The Funambulist 
- Artefact Magazine
-Huck Magazine
Solo Exhibtions
2017
-Until You Change, Centro Integral Universidad Central, Quito-Ecuador
2016
-'Unveiled', Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC. 
Group Exhibitions
 
2016
-In Scope-Four Corners Gallery, London.
-Festival MeridaFoto, Venezuela.
-Just Another Photo Festival, India.
-Invisible Edges- Ugly Duck Gallery, London.
2015
-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
2015
 
-Middlesex University Group Exhibition, Embassy Tea Gallery, London
Awards & Nominations
2017
- Magnum Graduate Photographer- Nominee
-One World Media Awards- Shortlisted
2016
-Genesis Imaging - Mentorship
2015
-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