Entrefotos phtotography fair helds it\'s XVI edition in La Casa del Reloj (Matadero Madrid)

The slogan with which this fair defines itself immediately reveals the intention of the organizers. This is an event that promotes the encounter and dialogue as equals between buyer-visitor and photographer-artist. The idea is to create a forum for direct communication, "without intermediaries", where the artist, omnipresent beside his work, has the opportunity to explain their work and the spirit of his creations, and the visitor has the opportunity to see face to face the artist hand, his/her intimate and personal universe.

 

The idea began 16 years ago, when the founders of the initiative detected a lack of more open and communicative proposals in the Spanish market. The enhancement of the photo seemed to require not only a recognition by the public, but also to promote discussion and exchange circles to reflect on this technique and contribute to generate a constructive discourse in dialogue with the visitor. And so, in 1998, Luis Baylon, José María Díaz-Maroto, Evaristo Delgado and Pasquale Caprile, at the study of the latter, in Madrid, decided to create EntreFotos. This enthusiastic quartet tried to emulate in our country the photography encounters that were spreading through Europe, and publicize the author photography. Today, after 16 years of uninterrupted call, the show continues to respond to the original idea with which was born.

 

EntreFotos is a gathering of four days devoted to photography and its creators, where all the curious, passionate, unbelievers and skeptics are welcome. Purchase invitations and other indecent proposals will be accepted. This edition features the participation of 35 artists, selected by an independent committee: Beroiz Pérez de la Rada, Alberto Espinosa, Andreas Strobel, Angelica Sole De La Llave, Carlos Regueira, Cristina Esteban Briones, Elena García Guerrero, Gert Voor in't Holt, Iris Encina, Jesus Botaro, Jorge Flores, Julian Ochoa, José Luis López Moral, José Luis Núñez, Juanma Vidal, Juan Sande, Laura Len, María Antonia García de la Vega, Oscar Rivilla, Ariza Pedro Gonzalez, Pepe Huelves, Pilar Pequeño, Ramon Fernandez Rafer Barcia, Rebecca Lebron, Rubén García, Soledad Pulgar, Tino Garcia, Valme de Toledo, Masaur, Maite Sánchez Urueña, Labandeira Jesús Gómez, Xavier Mollà i Revert and Zdenek Tusek. In addition, the exhibition offer is completed with a program of activities which foresees book signings, awards and the chance to see live the process of photographic portrait of the artist's hand Xavier Gómez.

Another point of reference in EntreFotos is the fair's prize in recognition of a career that each year awards to an author of reference. This time the winner is José Luis Mur who is also a photographer, was a founder of Fotocasión mid 70s, in the wake of Madrid, establishment landmark dedicated to the world of photography and is now one of the largest devoted to this discipline in Europe shops.
 
EntreFotos opens this Thursday, November 27th, at 18:30 and will be open until Sunday 30 at the Sala La Lonja de la Casa del Reloj of Matadero Madrid.
 
More information:
Programme (http://www.entrefotosferia.com/#!programa/c1543)
 

 

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.