Vogue Like Painting, art and fashion in Thyssen Museum Madrid.

 

 

 

It is the world's most famous fashion magazine and dictates the trends of global style, like a catalog of wishes... But it is also a source of information about where the trends in photography are going on, what are the sources of the great fashion photographers of what their referents. And in this sense, the great common reference is the world of art and in particular painting and its masters.

 

Like those, photographers look for a perfect scenery, recreating a space, a theater that represent the mystery, elegance, anger, surprise ... As in the paintings, the light, the drama of shadows, a forced perspective that leads the eye to a face, a hand, poses a figure that is discovered, it is hidden or displayed. Photography and painting try to frame and freeze, with common resources, the beauty. And about beauty, Vogue is the master.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Vogue Like Painting shows 62 images organized into three main genres: portraits, landscapes and still lifes and interiors, photographs with lights, colors and imaginary, that connect directly with artists such as Zurbarán, Millais, Sargent, Gauguin, Dali, Magritte, Hopper ... "The exhibition shows a timelessness in the pose of the model: a kind of mental lapse in which everything is very, very still," says exhibition curator Debra Smith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographers like Cecil Beaton, Peter Lindbergh, Annie Leibovitz, Irving Penn, Mario Testino, David Sims, Patrick Demarchelier, Steven Horst P. Horst Klein recreate classics as The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer Cover by Erwin Blumenfeld in 1945 and Erwin Olaf, in 2013; or Lonely Woman by Camilla Akrans with an undeniable Hopper's air; or recreation that makes Michael Thompson of St. Elizabeth of Portugal Zurbaran, with the fantastic model Karmen Kass.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Behind these images there is a shared magic because they are only possible with the work of a team of makeup artists, hairdressers, stylists, scenographers, lighting, art directors ... The exhibition has taken three years to take form, 3 years diving in the archives of Vogue, so rich, inspiring and evocative as the pre-Raphaelites art works.

 

 

 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.