Elisenda Fontarnau (Barcelona, 1975) works as a photographer and stylist focused on food, portrait and life style. Creativity and communication are her basic ingredients.

She was doubting between a Degree in Audiovisual Communication and a Degree in Cuisine, but art called her to study Fine Arts in the University of Barcelona. She finished her final term at the photography department at the University of Industrial Arts of Helsinki. She rounded out her education attending workshops with Antoine D'Agata, Peter Van Agtmael, Todd Hido, Paul Graham and David Jiménez.

Elisenda began her career 14 years ago as a stylist for photography studios and decoration magazines such as AD, El Mueble and El País Semanal. After the interiors period, she worked as an Art Director and Stylist for advertising and TV commercials, but she missed photography. During the next three years she was a photography assistant learning digital retouching, production and archive management. More satisfied and with more expertise she began to mix photography and styling as a freelancer. She mostly photographs interiorism, kids and portraits.

She collaborates with Catalunya Ràdio as a cultural journalist talking about photography. She also teaches photography and styling to international students.

For the last 10 years she has studied contemporary dance. She understands the body as another creative tool that uses in her job. Since 2014 she has participated in The Inventory, a dance and photography project created in collaboration with the dancer Iera Delp. 

While scouting the culinary she is interested in the kitchen as a laboratory and as a social and family centre, in food as an energy and information transmitter, in gastronomy as form of cultural expression, in the body as a space where transformation happens, and the meal as a sharing act and a form of meditation.

In constant movement, she enriches her food knowledge through different courses related to art and gastronomy.

Her latest project was an edible performance during the Saó Festival commisioned by the Centre D'Art i Natura in Farrera.


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