Al-liquindoi is a Spanish cultural association founded in 2004 to provide training and support to documentary photographers and visual storytellers globally and to produce content driven projects in exhibition format, print, and digital media.
Through workshops and mentorship programs Al-liquindoi encourages photographers to explore and expand on forms of visual storytelling, helps develop their independent voices in the media, and lays foundations for network building worldwide.
Al-liquindoi also curates, develops, and produces projects aimed at engaging audiences on critical issues through documentary practise.
Al-liquindoi was founded by Jessica Murray and Gonzalo Höhr:
Jessica Murray (b, 1972) grew up between Kenya, England, and the United States. In 1997, after completing a degree in history at Skidmore College, Jessica moved to New York City where she worked first for the Center for Cuban Studies and then for Magnum Photos. After leaving Magnum in 2000 she helped coordinate a series of photography workshops in Havana, Cuba, for Maine Photographic Workshops and in 2002, inspired by the intensive short-term trainings, she founded her own documentary workshop program, The Williamsburg Workshops in Brooklyn, NY.
In 2003 she was invited to organise a workshop with Alex Webb in Sevilla where she met Gonzalo Höhr and one year later, they founded Al-liquindoi in Cádiz.
Apart from the workshops and projects she has developed with Al-liquindoi, over the years Jessica has served on many juries and nomination committees and she’s curated a number of exhibitions on various themes. In 2015, she was invited to be the artistic director of the documentary photography festival of Barcelona DOCfield>15.
Jessica currently lives in Barcelona, Spain.
Gonzalo Höhr (b, 1979) studied at the universities of Malaga and Madrid, and at the Escuela de Fotografía y Técnica de la Imagen de Madrid (EFTI) Much of his subsequent training came from working as a photographer’s assistant both in the studio and in the darkroom in Madrid and collaborating, freelance, with different local newspapers and magazines. In Madrid he began to work for various NGOs like Medicos del Mundo and Acción Contra el Hambre. He continues this work today, travelling extensively on assignment.
In 2003 Gonzalo participated in a workshop with Alex Webb in Sevilla where he met Jessica Murray. In 2004, after returning to Cádiz for a job as director of the photo desk at La Voz de Cádiz, he founded Al-liquindoi with Jessica.
Gonzalo returned to freelance photography in 2007. He takes editorial and commercial assignments and also dedicates time to his personal projects. He has published and exhibited his work extensively. www.gonzalohohr.es