16 September 2016

Currently based between Cardiff and London, UK.
Miguel Proença graduated in Audiovisual Communication Technology from the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (2011) and studied at Portuguese Institute of Photography (2009). He is currently studying for a Masters in Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales, as the recipient of a scholarship granted by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2017). In 2015 he cofounded COLECTIVO, an experimental and research platform focused on documentary.


2017-2018 MA Documentary Photography, University of South Wales, Cardiff, UK
2009-2011 BA Audiovisual Communication Technology, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal
2007-2009 Portuguese Institute of Photography, Porto, Portugal


2019 ‘Thin Line’ Colectivo + Nomad, Galeria Manifesto, Matosinhos, Portugal
2018 ‘Hiraeth’ USW MA Documentary Photography, Truman Brewery, London, UK
2018 ‘A Tension Span’ USW MA Documentary Photography, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, UK
2018 ‘RAVE’ Projeto 18 DAI ESMAD, CPF, Porto, Portugal
2017 ‘Common Thinking’ Opening Milano PhotoWeek, Milan, Italy (Projection)
2016 ‘The Thin Line’ Outono Fotografico Photography Festival, Ourense, Spain
2015 ‘Sala de Fiestas’ Dehli Photo Festival, New Delhi, India (Projection)
2015 ‘Contemporary Iberoamerican Photography’ Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC, USA
2015 ‘The Thin Line’ Encontros da Imagem Photography Festival, Braga, Portugal
2014 ‘Der Greif A Process’ Neue Galerie im Höhmannhaus, Augsburg, Germany
2013 ‘These Are Young People’ Ena Rola Filma, Galerija Skrinja, Maribor, Slovenia
2013 ‘From untamed to Sacred’ Photographic Museum of Humanity (Online)
2012 ‘Behind The Hill’ Prémio Estação Imagem, Cordoaria Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal
2012 ‘Behind The Hill’ Prémio Estação Imagem, CPF, Porto, Portugal
2011 ‘Behind The Hill’ Projeto 11 DAI ESMAE, CPF, Porto, Portugal
2011 ‘Los Agarradores’ FNAC Florence, Italy
2011 ‘Los Agarradores’ FNAC Torino, Italy
2010 ‘Los Agarradores’ FNAC Cascais, Portugal
2009 ‘Los Agarradores’ FNAC Matosinhos, Portugal


Its Nice That: Behind the Hill, August 2018
British Journal of Photography, Fractured Stories: Meet the eight finalists, July 2018
British Journal of Photography, Fractured Stories: Five standout submissions, July 2018
NevoAzul x NOMAD: COLECTIVO “Thin Line”, June 2018
VSCO Artist Initiative: “Work in Progress – The Baltic States”, September 2016
CNN Travel “Life on the border of Spain and Portugal”, December 2015
Ain’t Bad Magazine: “Miguel Proença – Sala de Fiestas”, June 2015
FotoRoom: “Living with the Dead – Inside the Necropolis in Cairo”, January 2015
OjodePez Magazine #36: “Behind The Hill” Portfolio PhotoEspaña Descubrimientos, February 2014
Conscientious Photography Magazine “Behind The Hill” by Joerg Colberg, May 2012


2018 British Journal of Photography, Fractured Stories: Shortlisted
2018 PhotogrVphy Grant, Nominee
2018 Source Photographic Review, selected graduate by Alicia Hart
2018 Photograd Spotlight, selected graduate by Verity Adriana
2017 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Scholarship
2017 Bolsa Exploração Nomad + Manifesto
2015 VSCO Artist Initiative Grant
2012 Estação Imagem: Prémio de Fotojornalismo, 1st Prize Daily Life
2009 FNAC Novos Talentos Fotografia, Honorable Mention


2015 Bienal de Cerveira Foundation, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal


2011-2017 Photography Tutor, Portuguese Institute of Photography, Porto, Portugal
2015-2017 Documentary Workshops, Douro Museum, Régua, Portugal