Carlos Bernate / +1 (804)-397-0965 / carlosbernate14@gmail.com 

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I'm a Colombian documentary photographer whose work is dedicated to my community. The stories that I attempt to represent are my desire to document, since they deal with themes related to human rights, Identity and social issues; this in order to exteriorize the bond and the empathy that I always try to establish with those who are photographed and in this way deliver a part of myself in each story seeking to understand and recognize my own story through others.


Awards and Recognitions:


Selected 7th annual New York Times Portfolio review, New York - USA  (2019)

Selected Blink Portfolio Review, New York - USA  (2018)

Selected Festival Errante & National Geographic Portfolio Review, Montevideo - Uruguay (2017)

  • Finalist 23° Latin American Documentary Photography Contest “Los Trabajos y los Días” in Medellín (2017).

  • Participant at RISC Training XIII (2017)

  • Selected/Winner “Festival INstantes” in Avintes, Portugal (2017).

  • Finalist at "Alto Contraste" Observatory of racial discrimination in Colombia (2016).

  • Selected Photo Patagonia “I International Festival of Analogue Photography and Alternative Processes” at Santa Cruz Cultural Complex in Río Gallegos, Argentina (2016).

Finalist 21° Latin American Documentary Photography Contest “Los Trabajos y los Días” in Medellín (2015).


  • Showrooms:


  • 23° Latin American Documentary Photography Contest “Los Trabajos y los Días” in Medellín (2017).

  • Festival INstantes, Had the series "Raúl Left To War; Such Pain, Such Shame", exhibited in Avintes, Portugal. Curated by Pereira Lopez (2017).

  • Fotoencuentro V Miradas y memorias sobre territorios, Exhibition and Discussion of my series "Home sweet gold", curated by Sandra Suarez at University Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá. (2016)

  • Photo Patagonia I International Festival of Analogue Photography and Alternative Processes, Had a photo from my series "Susurros" exhibited at Santa Cruz Cultural Complex in Río Gallegos, Argentina (2016).

  • Mujer Faltal 2016 at the Gilberto Alzate Avedaño Foundation in Bogotá together with a collective directed by the artist Matilde Guerrero and the support of the “Red Comunitaria Trans” in the Santa Fe neighborhood. (2015).

  • Narrativas Documentales Contemporáneas, Had the series "Popular Saints" exhibited at the University Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá, curated by Beatriz Munera and Ana Varela  (2015).

  • 21° Latin American Documentary Photography Contest “Los Trabajos y los Días” in Medellín (2015).

Audiovisual Documentary Showroom, “Un mundo de color bajo tierra”, during the XVII Mountain and Speleology Week in Bogotá (2014).



























Carlos Bernate

I'm a Colombian documentary photographer whose work is dedicated to my community. The stories that I attempt to represent are my desire to document, since they deal with themes related to human rights, Identity and social issues; this in order to exteriorize the bond and the empathy that I always try to establish with those who are photographed and in this way deliver a part of myself in each story seeking to understand and recognize my own story through others.
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