Pep Bonet (Mallorca, 1974) is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer who has traveled extensively capturing profound moments that represent the unbalanced world in which we live. His longer-term projects focus on African issues, with his most well known project being “Faith in Chaos”, a photo essay on the aftermath of the war in Sierra Leone. Pep's ongoing work around the globe on HIV/Aids has led to several photography books and many exhibitions worldwide.
He is also know for a long-term reportage on the rock 'n roll band Motörhead. Pep spent three years (2008-2010) on the road with Lemmy Kilmister, the legendary singer of the band and created an exceptional visual document of the many hours spent on the road with Motörhead. He also created "Lemmy's box", a hand made collector's box existing of 25 exemplars showcasing 10 prints.
Being extremely fascinated by the fact that HDDSLR photo cameras nowadays also have the capability of shooting HD films, Pep crafted himself into shooting documentaries with DSLR cameras. This resulted in several short documentary films, amongst which the award winning ‘Into the Shadows’, a pursuit into the lives of hundreds of thousands of Africans living in the inner city of Johannesburg.
Pep’s work has been recognized with many industry awards. It started in 2002 when he was selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass with his work “Faith in Chaos”. That same year he was nominated “one of the top 30 to watch” by Photo District News. Pep won the Kodak Young Photographer of the Year in 2003 at the festival Visa pour l`image, and the Luchetta Foundation in Trieste nominated him the best press photographer of the year in 2004.
He was a recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Humanistic Grant in Photography in 2005 and in 2007 won the second prize in the World Press Photo contest in the Sports category for his work on the amputees’ football league in Sierra Leone. In 2009 Pep won a second World Press Photo Award for his work “Forced Identity”, portraying the lives of transsexuals in Honduras. In 2013, Pep won his third World Press Photo Award in the category Multimedia for Into the Shadows, together with Line Hadsjberg and Jose Bautista.
His list of publications include “Generacion Perdida” (2010), “Remarkable South Africans”(2009), "Photobolsillo", a new Photobolsillo from La Fabrica with a collection of Spanish photographers, “One Goal” (2007) and “Somalia: The Invisible Trace” (2007), "Quadern de Bitacola", a text book written by Carles Domenec and POSITHIV+ (2005), Watching in Silence (2011), 17 milagroso (2009), 217A; a NOOR book (2008).
Pep works on personal projects, mostly films, and on assignments for clients and NGO’s. He frequently lectures on photography / multimedia / film and conducts workshops. Pep lives in Mallorca.