Josep Gol was born in Barcelona in 1953 and has lived since 1980 in Sant Pol de Mar, a town with which he has a cultural link. He was a photojournalist during the years of the Spanish transition and formed part of the Cambio 16, a weekly magazine committed to fighting for democratic and social values.
He supports copyright, freedom of expression and employment regulation for press photographers: a life committed to gaining recognition of the values of the profession in all social spheres; a task as important then as it is now.
Josep Gol disagreed with the political evolution of the country and focused on dissemination and training in photojournalism. In 1986, he organised the exhibition Visió fotogràfica d’una època, 1936-1986, in the Sala Arcs of the “La Caixa” Foundation, Barcelona. From 1990 to 1992 he was director and coordinator of the Francesc Català-Roca Photography Space and between 1987 and 1992 he was president of the Catalan Association of Press Photographers. During this period, he had various individual exhibitions and participated in other collective exhibitions.
His subsequent projects were related to the world of performances. In 1983, he published he first book, El Molino. He collaborated with the theatre companies Comediants, La Cubana and La Fura dels Baus. From this collaboration, his book Manes emerged in 1996. Documenting another reality that is also transformative, even if only for an instant, enabled him to glimpse the other truth behind the frame of fiction.