Pepe Cañabate currently lives and works in Palma. Self-taught, and interested in the photographic medium since he was a teenager, he is one of the main exponents of documentary photography and social reportage in Mallorca. The effects of globalization on cities and their loss of identity (“Yankiland” series), the self-portrait and its relationship to the context (“Titan”) or experimentation with the digital technique are other themes that he develops in his long-term projects, in which he uses both analogue and digital photography, in a process of research of the interior and the exterior.
In 2008, he was a runner-up in the PhotoEspaña competition, where he exhibited snapshots illustrating the process of his treatment for cancer. His work was awarded the Ciutat de Palma Photography Prize in 1989 and 1990. Cañabate has exhibited at Galeria Joan Guaita (Palma de Mallorca, 1992), Galerie Bernard (Cologne, 2002), Centre de Cultura “Sa Nostra” (Palma de Mallorca, 2004), Galería La Fàbrica de Licors (Palma de Mallorca, 2005), Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca (2008), Galería Carlos Roldós (Palma de Mallorca, 2009 and 2010), Galeria Vanrell (Palma de Mallorca, 2012) and Palmaphoto 2013 (Photostreet).