José Ney

Biographical summary:

Grethel Morell Otero. Historian of Cuban Photography/curator/art critic.


Jose Ney Mila Espinosa, of Cuban nationality, was born in Havana the 4 of March of 1959.


He is a self-taught photographer, recognized within documentary photography and author photography since the middle of the 1980’s. Formed initially as a cartoonist, artisan/artist and working on civil projects, finally he abandoned his career as anarchitect to pursue photography.

He received various awards in his country in drawing, painting, applied arts and photography, but his biggest achievements came starting the 90’s, in international lounges of photography, earning along his career numerous prizes and distinctions.


From the Puzzle series.

From the series Notes of an enchanted story, belonging to Chronicles of the 90s.

From the Casual Interventions series.

Among those that stand out most until current time, should be mentioned those granted for his auto edition of documentary photo libraries as “Notes for the end of a century…” in 2020 Bronze Winner, Tokyo International Photo Awards, Japan, and AWARD
, London International Creative Competition, England (United Kingdom), among other Honorary Mentions, in international lounges such as PX3, 2020, Paris. In 2019, IPA in United States, and MIFA from Moscow. 

Just like,
“The Bull, the last gladiator”, in 2020, JURY TOP 5 SELECTION and Bronze Winner, Tokyo International Photo Awards. Japan; Silver Winner  in the Editorial category of International Photo Awards in Moscow, Russia, among other Honorary Mentions, in international lounges like BIFA of Hungary; IPA from United States and MIFA of Moscow.

His most recent title
“Earth, Earth, Earth”. 2021, Silver Winner, Tokyo International Photo Awards. Japan; Bronze Winner in different contests like Le Prix de la Photography de Paris (PX3), France; in Moscow International Photo Awards, Russia 
and Budapest International Photo Awards,  Hungary 2020, among other Honorary Mentions in different categories at IPA, USA. and BIFA, Hungary.

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For his most recent works, he has been awarded #1  (The 10 Best Mobile Photographers) and # 5 (The 10 Best Black and White Photographers) both in the United States, awarded by One Eyeland 2021. As well as other Honorable Mention in that same year in the Fine Art category:  at the International Photography Awards, IPA. USA and Moscow International Photo Awards. MIFA, Russia. In 2020 at the Budapest International Photo Awards. BIFA, Hungary; Neutral Density photography awards. ND (ndmagazine.net) and the International Photography Awards, IPA. USA. Lastly, AWARD FINALIST at the London International Creative Competition, LICC. England and at the Center, Santa Fe, NM. USA, both in 2019 among others.

Part of his works were selected in catalogs and books such as IPA Book 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018 (International Photography Awards. USA); Monochrome Awards Annual Book (2018 International Black & White Photography Contest). USA; Under the Cuban Sun. Throckmorton, 2016. USA; ¨We the most unfaithful: critical narratives about Cuban art (1993 - 2005) Spain 2008; Memoirs: Cuban plastic arts of the 20th century. California, 2004; ¨100 years of Cuban photography¨. 1998. Madrid; Fotofest´94. Contemporary Photography from the Island, 1980 to the Present”. Houston, 1994; "Cuban Photography, 1959-1992" Berlin, 1993 and "Critical approach to current Latin American photography" Spain, 1991 among others.

His work has been exhibited on multiple occasions and in museums such as 
Southeast Museum of Photography. Daytona Beach, FL; Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA), Tampa, FL; Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) Houston, TX; El Museo Latino. Omaha, NE and The Menil Collection. Houston, TX, United States;
Museo Nacional de Fotografía. Archivo general del estado. Pachuca, México; Museo de bellas Artes, Santo Domingo. República Dominicana; Museo Tambo Quirquincho, La Paz, Bolivia; Museo de Huelva. Huelva, Spain;  Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi. Charleroi, Belgium among others.

Copyright © 2014/2022. Jose Ney Mila Espinosa.