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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”

Ruth Matilda Anderson

One sunny morning in August 1924, the researcher of the Hispanic Society of New York Ruth Matilda Anderson landed in the port of Vigo, along with his father. At this very moment a carefully designed adventure began to take shape. Continue reading “Ruth Matilda Anderson”

Lewis Baltz

Notes from the exhibition of the American photographer Lewis Baltz held in the Fundación Mapfre (Madrid) from 9thFebruary to 6th June, 2017, curated by Urs Stahel. This is the first exhibition in Spain of his work, as well as the first international retrospective that takes place after his death in 2014.  Continue reading “Lewis Baltz”

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”

Post-Photography – The Artist with a Camera

A complete vision of the contemporary practice of photography, the book offers a view organized in five themes that not necessary have a correspondence with the traditional photographic genres, but shows a good representation of the way photography is used nowadays for several artist. Continue reading “Post-Photography – The Artist with a Camera”

Photography: The Key Concepts

Basic text for an in-depth analysis of the different aspects of photographic practice. The approach is not as pragmatic as in Liz Wells’s text, here the texts are a bit more abstract than in the Well’s book, but it is a great help to establish the key elements of any photographic genre. Continue reading “Photography: The Key Concepts”

Photography: A Critical Introduction

This book covers a wide range of topics related with Photography from different perspectives: cultural, political, anthropological… The book is a compendium of six essays written by different authors (Liz Wells, Derrick Price, Patricia Holland, Michelle Henning and Anandi Ramamurthy and focusing each one in a specific questions, such documentary photography, vernacular photography, the human body, advertising and commodity photography or photography as art. Continue reading “Photography: A Critical Introduction”

Behind the image

This book was fundamental for the development of this course, since it exposes in a clear and concise way how to plan and develop the work behind a photographic project. It is not a simple theory book, it is profusely illustrated with practical and detailed examples of how each stage of the project should be addressed. Continue reading “Behind the image”

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