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José Ney

José Ney Mila Espinosa, of Cuban/American nationality, was born in Havana on March 4, 1959.

He is a self-taught photographer, recognized within documentary photography and author photography since the mid-1980s. Initially trained as a draftsman, craftsman/artist and civil construction designer, he finally abandoned his architecture career devoting himself entirely to Photography.

To date, his works have participated in more than a hundred exhibitions in specialized spaces around the world and received international awards and distinctions in similar circumstances. 

His work is in various private and public collections such as Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) Houston, TX; Lehigh University Art Galleries Bethlehem, PA; Palmer Museum of Art University Park, PA; Southeast Museum of Photography Daytona Beach, FL. USA; at FFF - Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Frankfurt/Main, Germany;  the National Institute of Anthropology and History, Mexico City and Fototeca de Cuba among others.


From the Puzzle series. Collective exhibition. Florida Showcase 2022. Snap! Space. Orlando, FL. United States.


Among the distinctions that stand out the most are those awarded for his self-published documentary photobooks, such as
Notes for the end of a century…” in 2020, Bronze Winner, Tokyo International Photo Awards, Japan and AWARD SHORTLIST, London International Creative Competition, England (United Kingdom). Too “The Bull, the last gladiator” in 2020. Awarded the JURY TOP 5 SELECTION and Bronze Winner at the Tokyo International Photo Awards. Japan; Silver Winner (Editorial category) at International Photo Awards, Moscow, Russia and its most recent title “Land, Land, Land” in 2021, Silver Winner, Tokyo International Photo Awards. Japan; In 2020 Bronze Winner at, Le Prix de la Photography de Paris (PX3), Moscow International Photo Awards and Budapest International Photo Awards.


Narratives for the illusion of an imagined face. Solo exhibition. Blank Wall gallery. Athens, Greece. 2022.

His work has been exhibited at the Southeast Photography Museum. Daytona Beach, Florida; Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA), Tampa, FL; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) Houston, TX; The Latin Museum. Omaha, NE and the Menil Collection. Houston, Texas, United States; Museo Nacional de Fotografía. Archivo general del estado. Pachuca, Mexico; Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo. República Dominicana; Museo Tambo Quirquincho, La Paz, Bolivia; Museo de Huelva. Huelva, Spain; Charleroi Museum of Photography. Charleroi, Belgium among others.


From the Casual Interventions series. Cover of Artepoli magazine, nª XXXV. Barcelona, ​​Spain. 2022.

Guest artist at the Fotofest 94 International Biennial of Photography “The New Generation: Contemporary Cuba Photography from the Island, 1980 to the present” Fotofest. Houston, USA; To the Biennial ¨Photographic Spring 98¨ (Tristan Barbará  Gallery) Barcelona, Spain and selected by the juries of the "VI International Art Biennial SIART 09" and the "VII International Art Biennial SIART 2011". The Peace. Bolivia. In 2017 and 2019 he was invited by the organizers of the Florence Biennial to be a member of the International Selection Committee of the XI and XII editions, Florence, Italy.

For his most recent works he has been awarded #1 (The 10 Best Mobile Photographers) and #5 (The 10 Best Black and White Photographers) in the United States, awarded by One Eyeland 2021; Second Prize by the International Photography Awards jury, IPA 2019. USA and Silver Winner (Fine Art / Abstract) Moscow International Foto Awards. MIFA 2022. Rusia.

Part of his works were selected in catalogs and books such as
IPA Book 2019 (International Photography Awards. USA); Monochrome Awards Annual Book (2021 and 2018 International Black & White Photography Contest). USA; Under the Cuban Sun. Throckmorton, 2016. N.Y. USA; Nosotros los más infieles: narrativas críticas sobre el arte cubano (1993 - 2005) Spain 2008; Memoirs: Cuban plastic arts of the 20th century. California, 2004; 100 años de fotografía cubana.  1998. Madrid; Fotofest´94. Contemporary Photography from the Island, 1980 to the Present. Houston, 1994; Cuban Photography, 1959-1992 Berlin 1993 and Aproximación crítica a la fotografía latinoamericana actual Spain, 1991 among others.


Curator's choice

Kit Martin: Angles 1

Honourable mentions

Hannah Latham: Gramp as Uncle Sam

Kata Markó: Anniversary

Jose Ney Mila Espinosa: Mental Maps 1


Narratives for the illusion of an imagined face
1990 -2022.

Self Published 2022.

Narrativas para la ilusión de un rostro imaginado. 1990 -2022.

Size: 8,5 x 11 inches. 206 pages. 100 Photographs 

Land, land, land. Cuba 1992-1994.

Self Published 2020.

Tierra, tierra, tierra. Cuba 1992-1994.

Size: 7 x 7 inches. 84 pages. 40 Photographs 

The Bull, the last Gladiator.

​Self Published 2020.

El Toro, el último Gladiador.


Size: 8,5 x 8,5 inches. 48 pages. 24 Photographs. 

Notes for the end of a century... 1989 / 1999.

Self Published 2019.

Notas para el final de un siglo... 1989/1999.


Size: 8,5 x 10 inches. 120 pages. 103 Photographs 

Cuba, lights and shadows in my memories.
1985 / 1995.

Self Published 2015.

Cuba, luces y sombras en mis memorias.

Size: 7 x 7 inches. 96 pages. 41 Photographs 

Poster 100x140.jpg

Jose Ney

Invited by the organizers of

the first

Black and White festival

in Athens, Greece.

The City of Athens’ Serafeio Community Center
February 4 - 7 - 23



Copyright © 2014/2023. Jose Ney Mila Espinosa.


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