September 25th, 2014

New York Photo Festival 2014 & Dumbo Arts Festival



Jim Casper, Lensculture / Neil Harris, Fortune / Whitney Johnson, The New Yorker / Elizabeth Griffin, Esquire / Graham Letorney, Fotovisura / Aline Smithson, Lenscratch / Simon Barnett, CNN / Elizabeth Krist, National Geographic / Elizabeth Avedon, L’Oeil de la Photographie 

Featuring work from:

Paula Abreu Pita, A.M. Ahad, Leila Alaoui, Fabrizio Albertini, Ying Ang, Patrice Aphrodite Helmar, Matthew Arnold, Guillermo Barquero, Madison Beach, Romain Blanquart, Nancy Borowick, Linda Boumane Engelberth, Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Brittany Carmichael, Lucio Cesare, Casellato, Dario Cestaro, Jesse Chehak, Troy Colby, Supranav Dash, Yorgos Efthymiadis, Maria Elena Valdes, Albert Elm, Philipp Engelhorn, Dor Fadlon, Alessandro Furchino, Jian Gao, Jenna Garrett, Glenna Gordon, Julia Gunther, Thibault Henriet, Canbra Hodsdon, Bilo Hussein, Samantha Isom, Corinna Kern, Won Kim, Elise Kirk, Maroesjka Lavigne, Svetlana Lebedeva, Sungsoo Lee, Adrien Leguay, Tomasz Liboska, Malcolm Lightner, Kevin J Mellis, Elaine Miller, Gokhan Mutlu, Theresa Ortolani, Marina Pallocca, Babak Pejman Aryan, Igor Ponti, Giovanni Presutti, Paul Prudhomme, Sarah Pschorn, Antonio Pulgarin, Stan Raucher, Sebastian Reiser, Agnieszka Rembacz, Nenad Saljic, Donnas Schaeffer, Tilen Sepič, Tina Signesdottir Hult, Erica Simone, Michal Solarski, Marijke Stroucken, Ulrik Tofte, Sebastiano Tomada, Michael Toujiline,Edwin Tse, Reginald Van de Velde, Jorge Villarreal, Tatiana Vinogradova and Yuge Zhou.


Kiki (from The Bears series), 2014. ©Alejandra Carles-Tolra

Opening at The POWERHOUSE Arena on Friday, Sept. 26, from 6-8pm on the opening day of the world famous Dumbo Arts Festival! 

The exhibition will be in view through November 10!

July 18th, 2014

Upcoming Exhibition!


Exhibiting Artists: Noah Addis (Columbus, OH), Chris Barrett (London, UK), Antoine Bruy (Villeneuve d’ascq Nord France), Jesse Burke (Rumford, RI), Alejandra Carles-Tolra (Providence, RI), Scott Dalton (Houston, TX), Miska Draskoczy (Brooklyn, NY), Matt Eich (Norfolk, VA), Andrew Fillmore (Brooklyn, NY), Daniel Farnum (Tulsa, OK), Cynthia Henebry (Richmond, VA), Aaron Wojack (San Francisco, CA)

This year 12 artists were selected for the Documentary: 19th Annual Photography Exhibition. There were 1639 images submitted with 264 photographers in the running. The exhibition will run August 1–29, 2014. The Artists’ Reception and Awards at PCNW are Friday, August 8th, 8:00 – 9:30 pm, following Whitney C. Johnson’s lecture at Seattle Art Museum. PCNW kindly thanks our Award Sponsors: Blurb Inc. and Glazer’s Camera (source: Photo Center NW)

Click here to learn more about the exhibition and see the work of the selected artists!

July 9th, 2014
June 18th, 2014

New work! From the “Fall In” series

Young Lying Dead

Squad In The Park

On The Edge

Smith Lying Dead

Lying Under The Sun


Road, Kill Zone, Road

In Class

Fall In

To see more work from Fall In please visit 

March 29th, 2014

TEDx Somerville

TEDx is coming to Somerville, MA. this upcoming Sunday, March 30th! Don’t miss the opportunity to hear inspiring talks, meet interesting people, and enjoy some art! 

I am excited to announce that my series Trapped has been selected to be exhibited during the event. 

Trapped is a series of photographs of motorbike riders that aims to capture the pauses that occur throughout a day of commonplace tasks. These portraits were candidly shot, with no awareness of the photographer on the part of the subject. Shooting with a 50mm lens forced me to closely approach my subjects, allowing me to project my own perceptions as a rider upon them. Sharing the commonality of the road, they are stopped at a traffic light: trapped in time and amidst their own thoughts. These moments shared with other riders, paradoxically, render them isolated from one another, as they wander momentarily into the solitude of their own meditations. These fleeting moments remain with us but only a few seconds before being lost. A meaningful pause in time which remains eternal upon being captured by the camera.


TEDxSomerville is a day-long event celebrating the exciting ideas, art, initiatives, inventions, community, and other Movements that relate to and spring from Somerville. This year, the theme is “Movement.” Speakers, artists and musicians from around the community will share their passions, talents and ideas with a diverse group of attendees.


TEDxSomerville is taking place at Brooklyn Boulders at 12A Tyler Street, in Somerville (of course).


Somerville prides itself on being one of the most creative places on the planet. New York City is the only US city that can boast more artists per capita than Somerville. Our group of attendees and speakers will represent some of the brightest minds from the Somerville community.


The date is March 30, 2014. Check-in begins at noon, and the real fun begins at 1pm. We’ll wrap up just before 6pm and invite you to join us for a stellar after party next door at  Aeronaut Brewing from 6-10pm.

© Alejandra Carles-Tolra

To learn more about the event and the other artists that have been selected to show work, please visit

February 26th, 2014

Upcoming Solo Show - Fall In



It is my pleasure to announce the opening of my first solo show. The exhibition will be held at the Academy of Fine Arts of Sabadell (Barcelona) in Spain, from March 11 until April 06, 2014.

If you happen to be traveling to Spain sometime soon, I would love to see you at theopening on March 11 at 7pm! 

For those of you who won’t be able to visit the exhibition, I invite you to visit my new work on Lens Culture, where it was recently featured as an Editor’s Pick

All my best, 

Alejandra Carles-Tolra

February 19th, 2014

LENS CULTURE: Alejandra Carles-Tolra

Thrilled to have been invited to show my work at Lens Culture!

My photographs portray a group of college students seeking to explore and define their emerging identities. These young people have chosen an unusual path: they are all enrolled in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). When joining, they are taught a set of values and expectations that adhere to a group philosophy. As they struggle to define their own identities, they are also presented with a well-established role to play. Like actors who perform according to a script and can transform their personalities on stage, these cadets are learning a military script that will not only teach them how to perform in the field but require them to adopt a new persona as their own.

I began to photograph cadets of different ages, from a range of universities in Boston, during their physical and mental training to become leaders in the U.S. Army. I am most drawn to depicting how individual identity and military persona coexist. Resonating within these images is this confluence of agendas, at times subtle and at other times quite apparent. In my work, I explore the cadets’ success in adopting their roles, and look at the differences between freshman and seniors, men and women, and those who plan to become active and reserve officers.

I draw inspiration from the rich, dramatic lighting of the baroque paintings of Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Velazquez. In my photographs, I explore the nebulous threshold between the individual personality and identity within the group.

February 15th, 2014
February 8th, 2014



Alejandra Carles-Tolra

I need to dig deeper into this work, but at first look, it seems great.

Thank you Emily Bogle for the post!


November 26th, 2013



ONWARD: Why are you a photographer?

Alejandra: As a teenager, I studied theatre for many years. I wanted to become an actress to be able to play multiple roles and lives. Later in college, I majored in Sociology as an attempt to continue exploring these roles in a more theoretical way….