OUR SELECTION OF PHOTOESPAÑA 2018

PHotoEspaña turns 20, and this edition offers an extensive proposal where the multiple facets of photography are explored: from author books to contests and, of course, exhibitions. Among such offer is easy to get lost, so we bring you our particular selection, although we invite you to take the opportunity to enjoy this discipline in depth.

The elegant Senegal of the first half of the 20th century. Anonymous of Saint-Louis and Mama Casset

We begin with an exhibition that goes beyond the traditional guidelines of European photography: the Senegalese images of the early 20th century when Senegal was still French Sudan. Far from the typical compositions of colonial air in which the environment is portrayed from a Westernised perspective, these photographs, mostly anonymous, show an alternative reality, more natural and free. Many of these images were taken by the local workers of the photography studios opened by the French displaced to the colonies, improvised artists who knew how to express a beautiful joy of living.

Where: Círculo de Bellas Artes - Sala Goya

Elliott Erwitt, Self-portrait, France Saint-Tropez, 1979

Players. Magnum photographers enter the game

This exhibition gathers the funniest facet of Magnum’s Agency photographers. Although many of them have specialised in photojournalism, there is no lack of those images that, by chance, take the most joyful side of situations. Coincidence and quick shooting, are the maxims of this collection that brings together 150 works by 20 authors with which it is intended to show a vision of the professional photographer where flexibility and humour still have room.

Where: Fundación Telefónica Space

Tomás de Acillona. The pictorialist experimentation

This author is one of the maximum representatives of photographic pictorialism in our country. His career began in the 20s, with a very experimental work from he built up his particular style. In the decade of the 30s, he already counted on a massive production that went from the still life to the portrait, from the landscape to the day-to-day scenes. A way to recover this important figure of national photography and know more in detail this style of work, typical of the beginnings of the discipline.

Where: National Museum of Romanticism

Primitive data 5-38 (2016) Photograph © Montserrat Soto. VEGAP Madrid

Montserrat Soto. Imprimatur

Video and photography serve this artist to generate a narrative around our cultural heritage. This proposal wants to go further in the understanding of the symbolic and message patterns that mark the history of art, today devoid of that previous knowledge to see in the works something more than technical and aesthetic quality. It is a critical and daring project, where contemporary discourse is opposed to traditional narrative and traditional religious painting.

Where: Community of Madrid - Sala Alcalá 31

Sebastián Bejarano. PHE Talent Award

This photographer was selected as a prominent talent among the students of the PHotoEspaña master's degree. His project "El caso 433" is a photographic-literary proposal that creates a photo-story on how to steal the Colombian treasure Quimbaya, a fundamental exponent of this cultural heritage that embraces a broad community within the American country.

Where: FNAC Callao - Preciados Street !|1100:56

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.