TONI CATANY THE MOMENT PICKER

Portrait of Toni Catany © Adriá Pujol, 2008

 

 

Antoni Catany Jaume (Lluchmayor 1942- Barcelona 2013) was a Spanish photographer of recognized world-wide prestige that stood out for capturing classic subjects like the still lifes, the nude or the urban landscape. Catany has published a large number of photographic projects such as "Calotips", "Toni Catany, l'artista en el paradis" or "Obscura memòria". He has also received lot of awards and prizes, such as the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, awarded by the French Ministry of Culture (1991), and the National Photography Prize, awarded by the Ministry of Education And Culture in 2001.

 

 

Still life of Toni Catany. India, 2009. Exhibition in La Pedrera

 

 

Self-taught, it all started when he moved to Barcelona in 1960 to start his studies in Chemical Sciences. He also began his career as a photographer doing travel reports. But he did not follow the line of photojournalism as such, but began to build his own brand. Already in 1972, did his first exhibition. Seven years later he became known worldwide and began to use the technique of "calotype", thanks to this method invented by Talbot in 1839, his landscapes came to life and the still lifes along with the portrait were stained of that homesickness that so much desire the lovers of photography.

 

 

Alexis.Cuba, 1997. Toni Catany

 

 

The exhibition consists of 40 photographs that relate in an open and sincere way the whole trajectory of the artist. From 1967 until the last series in 2009 "profane altars" and "Some still lifes" in 2012. To complement this exhibition have been exhibited objects that are associated with the personality of the artist himself and his travels. Toni Catany, is a reference in the world of photography thanks to the clarity of his works. Based on traditional photography, his photographs reveal that strong artistic vocation that has consolidated him in the artistic world.

 

 

Photograph of Toni Catany 1997

 

 

This tireless researcher of the some photographic techniques, he knew to alternate the most contemporary with the most traditional techniques. In his later years, he used a digital camera, which allowed him to reproduce the range of purest colors. This is the legacy that leaves us this great artist, that you can enjoy until the 15 of January.

 

 

 

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.