Since 1986, his work has been published through 13 monographs, and shown in solo and group exhibitions in private and public institutions in many countries. His work is included in prestigious national and international collections.
Among his major solo exhibitions we must highlight the ones held at the Taidemuseo of Porin, Finland; the Montmajour Abbey, Arles, France; the Santa Monica Museum, Barcelona; the National Center of Photography, Paris; the Fundación Telefónica and the Canal de Isabel II, Madrid. Among his group exhibitions: Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, 1988; Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid, 1991; Fundación La Caixa, Barcelona, 1992; Foundation Cartier, Cahors, France, 1994; Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA, 1996; Palacio de la Triennale, Milan, 2001; Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, 2006.
His work is present in, among other collections, the contemporary art collection of the Community of Madrid, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Bank of Spain collection (Madrid), the Maison Européene de la Photo (Paris), the Marsh Collection (London), the International Polaroid Collection (Boston), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia) and the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand Duc Jean of Luxembourg. Javier Vallhonrat’s work has been honored with numerous awards among which include the 1995 National Photography Prize of the Ministry of Culture of Spain, the Award of Excellence of the Society of Newspaper Design, USA, the Silver Award of the New York Times Magazine, USA, 1994, the 76th Art Directors Club Annual Awards, USA, the Bartolomé Ros Prize PhotoEspaña 2007, the 2009 Villa de Madrid Award for Photography and the 2009 Madrid Community Photography Award.