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Sevilla, España

Michael Padilla is a photographer, educator, and nurse based in Seville, Spain. His work reflects on the intemporality of the world that surrounds us, and on finding one’s place within that structure, society, or environment through mindful awareness of the unobserved cycles that we navigate in our daily lives.

Previous works include Plague Kids (2020), a photographic work on the more immediate ripples felt in society as a result of the pandemic which was included in the Athens Photo Festival 2022 Photobook Exhibition. 

Upon returning to hospital work as a result of a series of unending waves of COVID in 2020, his subsequent body of work was HUVR: septiembre, a self-published conceptual object that challenges that notion of what a book can be while commenting on uncontrollable life changes and the daily witnessing of traumatic events and miseries not often seen by the population at large upon healthcare workers since this all began.

His most recent work is the second edition in the HUVR series of handmade photobooks reflecting on his time in the COVID wards.

He has a BFA in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology (2003) and an MA in Photography from Falmouth University (2021) and currently teaches photography and related courses at the University of Seville, Centro Universitario EUSA and through the University of New Haven in Seville.

He is a member of The Long Exposure photographic collective and The Orange Republick Collective and is represented digitally by The Red Cat Gallery


April 2023

Grey Light

Kunsthalle, Darmstadt, Germany

Darmstädter Tage Der Fotografie 2023

March 2023

– Format23 Photobook Market

The Performing Photobook

HUVR: Octubre, Virgen del Rocío: Septiembre, Video Installation

– So Many Things I Had Thought Forgotten

Centrespace Gallery, Bristol

8 images

February 2023

– So Many Things I Had Thought Forgotten

Walford Mill, Dorset

3 images

RPS Spotlight Article

November 2022

– So Many Things I Had Thought Forgotten

4 Corners Gallery, London

10 images

October 2022

– So Many Things I Had Thought Forgotten

Regionalgalerie Südhessen, Darmstadt, Germany

9 images

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October 2021
– Realities Constructed
4 Corners Gallery, London
9 images – The Long Exposure Photography Collective exhibition

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August 2021
– Landings 2021
Falmouth University Online Showcase

August 2020
– Landings 2020
Falmouth University Online Showcase

June 2006
– “In Passing” – solo – 23 images
Galeria Ánima – Seville, Spain

October 2003
– RIT NASAD Exhibition – group – 6 images
Bevier Gallery – Rochester, NY

May – September 2003
– RIT Student Honor’s Show – group – 2 images
Bevier Gallery – Rochester, NY

February 2003 – March 2003
– Club Lux Artists Exhibition – group – 3 images
Club Lux – Rochester, NY, USA

February – March 2003
– “Over Break” – solo – 20 images
Gallery R – Rochester, NY, USA


The Long Exposure:

RPS Spotlight on The Long Exposure

So Many Things I Had Thought Forgotten – by Michael Padilla

TLE Profile: Michael Padilla

Source Magazine Graduate Photo Online 2021

Source Magazine’s showcase for emerging photographic talent from photography courses across the UK and Ireland.