Roc Herms


In 1978 Gary Thurek and his assistant Carl Gartley sent the first mass email with advertising purposes, reaching 393 users at the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (called the ARPANET), unaware that they just sent the first example of what would later be know as SPAM. That same year, over 9000 kilometers away, Roc Herms was born in Spain.

28 years later discovers photography as a tool to learn, and he manages to combine it with his interest in the Internet, video games and parallel realities: showing his passion for technology and the need to take a step further in the photographic practice. “Postcards From Home” and “<YO> <YO> <YO>”, his two long term projects published in book form, try to shed some light on the life we live inside the computer. “Hacer Pantallazo” is an intimate diary made with screenshots, a capture process that he ends up understanding as the ultimate step on photography’s digitalisation.

His works have been exhibited in “From Here On” (Centre d’Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona) and “Photography 2.0” (Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid) curated by Joan Fontcuberta, as well as in the Noorderlicht Photo Festival (Netherlands), Platine Festival (Germany), Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland), Hammer Museum (USA) or Les Rencontres d’Arles (France).

Unboxing Roc Herms: Biographical lecture at El Observatorio’s photography school. Barcelona, Spring 2018 (Spanish).

“Screen walk” for The Photographers Gallery and Fotomuseum Winterthur, presenting the archeological ruins of Playstation Home.

Postcards from Home and Hacer Pantallazos presentation at Les Rencontres d’Arles 2019, France.



SITUATION #32: Roc Herms Interview at Fotomuseum Winthertur (Switzerland), 2016

Talk at TVE La2 about Post-photography.

Talk with Laia Abril, Jon Uriarte & Joan Fontcuberta during “From Here On” exhibition.
Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica, 02/2013

Interview at Radio Canal Barcelona (106.9 FM), 2012

Art and Pass #14: Roc Herms, 2014

Talk at SITUATION #32-#38: Play.
Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland), 2016

Roc Herms Interview #PostcardsFromHome at, 2016

2007 Finalist at Descubrimientos Photoespaña (The Sleeping Giant) ● Exhibition at Galería Fotonauta (The Sleeping Giant) 2008 Finalist at Descubrimientos Photoespaña (El Opio del Pueblo) ● Exhibition at N2 Gallery, Barcelona (Antisonar) ● Leave my job as an art director at DDB advertising agency to dedicate myself to photography 2009 Winner Hey, hot shot! at Jen Beckman’s Gallery NY ● Exhibition at Jen Beckman’s Gallery NY ● Published at Vice Photo Issue Magazine (Antisonar) ● Published at PowerHouseBooks Busted Magazine, NY (Antisonar) 2010 (Desktop Portraits) published at Vice Magazine UK, ESP, NL  ● Exhibition at Gallery Art & Design Barcelona ● Exhibition at N2 Gallery, Barcelona 2011 (Postcards from Home) Lectures at Dr. Nopo (Valencia), Otras Cosas (Barcelona), Blank Paper (Madrid), Ping Pong Theraphy (Barcelona), Photo 2.1 (Murcia) ● Exhibition at BYOB Barcelona (Postcards from Home) ● Finalist at El Pati de la Llotja, Festival Emergent Lleida (Postcards from Home) 2012 Lecture A time machine at Pecha Kucha Night ● Exhibition at Platine Festival, Köln (Postcards from Home) ● Published at Culturas de La Vanguardia (Postcards from Home) ● Published at Fotografia Catalana contemporània, Fundació Lluís Carulla 2013 Exhibition From Here On at Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona (Postcards from Home) ● Self publish Joanna Dark, The first lady of Home fashion ● Exhibition at Konvent.0 (Click to Have an Orgasm) ● Lecture La postfotografia constructiva i alguns dels treballs que se’n deriven at Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona 2014 Exhibition A cop d’ull, cultura visual fotográfica reciente en Barcelona at La Virreina, Barcelona (Antisonar) ● Talk La imagen fotográfica en la época de la hipervisualidad contemporánea, Jornadas Encontexto at Casa Encendida, Madrid ● Exhibition Fotografía 2.0, commissioned by Joan Fontcuberta, Photoespaña’s oficial section at Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid (Desktop Portraits) ● Projection (Postcards from Home) at NO PHOTO, commissioned by Alejandro Castellote, Ricardo Cases and Julián Barón at Fundación Telefónica de Madrid ● Lecture Fotografía expandida: Ampliando la definición de lo documental, at GetxoPhoto ● Exhibition Are you sure you want to log out? at Noorderlicht’s photo festival, Netherlands and Singapore ● Exposición Are you sure you want to log out? at TwentseWelle Museum, Netherlands ● Lecture Creadors en dos temps: Joan Fontcuberta i Roc Herms, at Fundació Foto Colectania, Barcelona 2015 Self publish <YO><YO><YO> ● Exhibition at Museu Abelló (Mollet), dentro del ciclo Fotografía Emergent Fonts & Derivacions (Desktop Portraits) ● Exposición en el Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Holanda (Hacer Pantallazo) ● Publish (Postcards from Home) with Terranova’s publishing house ● Exhibition <YO><YO><YO> at Festival Fiebre Photobook2016“Especially convincing photographer” at Plat(t)form 2016 (Fotomuseum Winterthur, Suiza) ● Lectures at DONE (Fundació Foto Colectania, Barcelona) ● Lecture “Autoedición, anarchivo y fotozines” organised by La (MACBA, Barcelona) ● Exhibition (<YO><YO><YO>) at SITUATION #36: Video Games and Photography, A Brief History, 1992–2016 (Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland) ● Presentation (Postcards From Home) at Libros Mutantes (La Casa Encendida, Madrid) ● Invited to “El Diari Indultat” project (Valencia) 2017 One year around the world on a motorbike ● Exhibition (Studio of Perspective y Postcards from Home) at SIMULACRUM (Noorderlicht Photogallery, Netherlands) ● Mom dies ● Exhibition (Studio of Perspective) at UCLA’s Game Lab (Hammer Museum, USA) 2018  Father dies ● Workshop “Photographing virtual spaces” at Biel’s Photography Festival (Photoforum Pasquart, Switzerland) 2019 Exhibition (Postcards from Home) at Les Rencontres d’Arles, France ● Exhibition (Postcards from Home) at Centre de Cultura Contemporànea de Barcelona, Spain 2020 Curator at DONE 4 (Fotocolectania, Barcelona) ● Lecture (Postcards from Home) at Esc20 festival ● Screenwalk (Photographers Gallery & Fotomuseum Winterthur) ● My son is born ● Publish (Punt final) with Terranova’s publishing house  2021 (Instadeath) at Hangar, Barcelona ● (Instadeath) at La Casa Encendida, Madrid ● Lecture «The mask and the mirror» at Foto Colectania, Barcelona ● Exhibition (Study of Perspective) at Fotomuseum’s Winterthur (Switzerland) ● Lecture «Ser padre hoy» for Exedra Twitch Sesions, La Capella (Barcelona) ● Exhibition (Postcards from Home) at Caixaforum (Spain) ● Exhibition (Hacer Pantallazo) at Super Super Like show (Madrid) 2022 Exhibition (Study of perspective) at «How to win at photography», Fotomuseum Winthertur (Switzerland) ● Publication of my 4th book (Derinkuyu) with Terranova ● Exhibition (Study of perspective) at the Photographer’s Gallery (Londres) ● In-game photography workshop at the Photographer’s Gallery (Londres) ● Lecture «Identidad artificial» at Caixaforum Barcelona, Madrid and Sevilla ● Teaching at LCI, Barcelona ● «Scroll Bomb» at Foto colectania’s DONE festival.