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Identity and Place

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Exercise 5.2

Difficult to imagine a bored place than the small square that I can see from my room window. It’s a place where pedestrian do what they usually do… pass through it, so I’m willing to confront one of most challenging experience of my life, spend an entire hour observing and describing what happens in a hot summer Sunday in that nameless square. Continue reading “Exercise 5.2”

Exercise 5.1

This exercise asks for a series of still-life pictures showing traces of life without using people, so I ask permission to some relatives to allow me to take a picture of their beds just as they got up from them. Continue reading “Exercise 5.1”

Research Point 2

For some time now, I have been nurturing the idea that “aging” will be the theme of my last assignment. It seems as though I feel the urge to make a deep reflection about how my life is facing a new station, time to reflect about existence and expectations. A kind of vital testament, as Beethoven did in Heiligenstadt. Continue reading “Research Point 2”

Spanish photographers: Chema Madoz

The Spanish newspaper “El Pais” in partnership with PhotoEspaña has launched a series of books dedicated to most important contemporary Spanish photographers. The series includes 20 photographers, with names such Chema Madoz, Isabel Muñoz and Joan Fontcuberta among others. Continue reading “Spanish photographers: Chema Madoz”

Research Point 1

“Through photography, quotidian matter is give a visual charge and imaginative possibility beyond its everyday function”. This paragraph from the chapter 4 “Something and Nothing” of the book “The Photograph as Contemporary Art” summarizes perfectly the strategy of using ordinary objects in a photography project. Continue reading “Research Point 1”

Absence and signs of life – Reflection

“..if a stranger sought out in a good season the people and places described here they would probably seem clearly similar to their pictures, and the stranger would asume that the pictures mirrored real life. It would be marvellous if this were the case, if the place itself, and not merely the pictures, where the work of art” Continue reading “Absence and signs of life – Reflection”

Alberte A.Pereira: Fragmentos

A couple of weeks ago I attended to Alberte A.Pereira’s exhibition “Fragmentos” held by DinamoCoworking, where I came across with this Spanish street photographer, who skilfully manages the concept of presence/ausence on his body of work. Continue reading “Alberte A.Pereira: Fragmentos”

Assignment 4: Image and Text

Throughout history, man has questioned the reason for his existence, seeking an explanation for countless unanswered questions and trying to decipher puzzling paradoxes that were beyond the reach of his understanding. The desire for knowledge, to explore the unknown and have all the answers under control, is in the DNA of the human being, forming an intrinsic part of his identity, which lead him to seek these answers in art, religion, philosophy and science. Continue reading “Assignment 4: Image and Text”

Jim Goldberg (notes)

American photographer recognized for his books and long-term photographic projects, where he uses different types of formats: photo-collage, written texts, video, audio, and above all the active participation of the subjects to mean the photos in which they participate. He has been a Magnum photographer since 2002. Continue reading “Jim Goldberg (notes)”

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