Carmen Ballve earned a degree in “Pedagogy and Educational Science” from the Complutense University of Madrid before going on to study photography at the International Centre of Photography (ICP) in New York.

Throughout her career Carmen has made numerous contributions to Spanish newspapers and magazines. Her work has been exhibited in many locations worldwide including New York, London, Edinburgh, Dar es Salam, Tbilisi and Madrid.


Whilst living in the Dominican Republic Carmen produced a documentary and photographic study entitled “Batey”. This project portrayed the lives of a group of Haitian migrant labourers who worked in the sugar cane fields. Her other works include photographic projects in Ethiopia, Mongolia and Peru; these have featured and been exhibited in international music, film and photography festivals.


Recently, beginning in 2010, Carmen travelled with musicologist, Polo Vallejo to the village of Nzali in Tanzania. Here, they documented and photographed the everyday lives of the local Wagogo community. After several further trips to collect additional material, they published the photo journal book “It ends when I get there”. The book features the writings of Polo Vallejo and photography by Carmen; it was awarded First Prize by the Spanish Ministry of Culture in the best published book in 2016, art category.


Currently Carmen lives and works in Madrid.


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