Paris was brimming with life during the 1930s, and Picasso and Brassai were there to make the most of it. Picasso, thrilling the art world with his works, and Brassai, portraying boulevards and gardens, shops and markets, intellectuals and beggars. The contrasts of Paris parade in front of his camera, from the dark underworld to the radiance of its artistic environment, where he profusely portrayed artists and writer friends, such as Dali, Matisse, Giacometti, Genet and, of course, Picasso, whom he met in 1932 and whose sculptural work he was the first to photograph. This book is about that artistic environment, through which the Parisian intelligentsia is shown in beautiful black-and-white images with the unique signature of the Hungarian photographer. The book includes an excerpt by Henri Miller on Brassai, and a chapter of Brassai's autobiography speaking about his relationship with Picasso. AUTHOR: Brassai, name of the Hungarian photographer Gyula Halasz (1899-1984). He studied painting and sculpture in Budapest before working as a journalist in Berlin and later settling in France, where he developed his photographic career. Among his most notable series was Paris de nuit, in which he photographed scenes of the city's nightlife. He also photographed Parisian life extensively, the atmosphere in the streets by day and night, and the social meeting places, from cabarets to gardens, from the coffee shops frequented by intellectuals to the markets at dawn. Between 1936 and 1963, he worked as a photographer for Harper's Bazaar magazine, and was also a filmmaker and author of numerous articles and nearly twenty books. 120 images.
Mediterranean Metaphysics is the subtitle of this photographic project by French artist Bernard Plossu, which brings together 106 images taken over the course of thirty years in the south of France, Spain, Greece, Italy and Turkey Photographs in which the omnipresent white light eclipses people, in a visual exercise that reflects upon the real dimension of landscapes and architectural weaving-images shaping timeless spaces, an almost dreamlike journey through time and light.
This new volume of the PHotoBolsillo series focuses on the Venezuelan artist Alexander Apostol through a monograph in which his most outstanding and relevant works are compiled. Throughout his artistic career, Alexander Apostol has explored about the masculinity, homosexuality and the prejudices about them in the Latin American context. Apostol focuses and reflects on the construction of identity and gender in Venezuela, a nation deeply marked by its political circumstances, and some of his works are concentrated on the iconography of the urban landscape across the country. The book also includes a documented text by Diana Lopez, director of the the Archivo Fotografia Urbana in Caracas.
Mediterranean metaphysics is the subtitle of this project by the French artist Bernard Plossu. It gathers 150 images taken over the course of 30 years in the south of France, Spain, Greece, Italy and Turkey. In these snapshots, the omnipresent white light eclipses people in a visual exercise that reflects on the real dimension of the landscapes and architectures.
The images shape a timeless space in an almost dream-like journey through time and light.
This issue of La Fábrica's PHotoBolsillo series chronicles the work of award-winning Spanish documentary photographer Cristina de Middel (born 1975). De Middel is internationally known for The Afronauts, a self-published photobook that investigates the short-lived Zambian space program started in 1964.
Ce volume relié accompagne une exposition à Valence en Espagne de février 2019 à février 2020. Il propose un tour d?horizon de la photo japonaise des années 1950 à nos jours, entre groupe Vivo (1957-1961) et la revue Provoke. On y retrouve des grands noms comme Shomei Tomatsu, Akira Sato, Yutaka Takanashi et Daido Moriyama, ou encore Nabuyoshi Araki, Koji Enokura, Tamiko Nishimura ou Hiroshi Hamaya.
Première femme américaine correspondante de guerre, Margaret Bourke-White avait aussi quelque chose d'une star des médias avec son portrait en tenue de vol, sur le point de déclencher son appareil photo lors d'un bombardement aérien, une des pin-up préférée des forces américaines. En se concentrant sur le travail de M. Bourke-White des années 1930 et 40 en Tchécoslovaquie, Allemagne, Italie, Union soviétique et le Royaume-Uni, Moments in History présente 150 photographies classiques accompagnées de correspondances et de publications, M. Bourke- White voulait être les «yeux de l'époque», et ses photos témoignent (comme elle le disait) de son "désir insatiable d'être présente quand l'Histoire est en train de s'écrire." Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) est née Margaret White dans le Bronx, à New York, et a grandi dans le Middlesex dans le New Jersey. Selon son frère Roger, "Son intérêt pour la photographie a commencé comme un hobby, soutenu par l'enthousiasme de son père pour les appareils photographique". Bourke- White a attiré l'attention pour la première fois avec ses photographies de l'usine Otis Steel, qui l'amena à travailler à Life, où elle fit partie de l'équipe de photographes de 1936 à 1940. Elle est morte à Stamford, dans le Connecticut à l'âge de 67 ans en 1971.
Enorme succès lors de la première de l'exposition à Berlin, cet ouvrage comble le manque bibliographique sur l'une des photographes américaines les plus importantes de tous les temps.
The main characters in his photographs are the weak, the disowned and all of those who struggle on a daily basis to survive. This book brings together images of workers breaking up boats, abandoned refugees, amateur boxers, garbage collectors in dumps and members of armed gangs among other subjects. Since 2006 Javier Arcenillas has been working on an essay about violence in Central America. His photographs document pain, desperation, impotence and fear. His first works to gain recognition were Sicarios ("Hitmen") and Nota roja ("Red note"), both installments of his trilogy about death in El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, followed by Latidoame rica, its final part, the focus of which shifts to the tales of the victims of the indiscriminate violence prevalent in Honduran society. A number of these photographs have appeared in these countries' newspapers. The group of photographs included in this book goes a long way to define Arcenillas's work: striking images with a precise narrative discourse stir powerful emotions in the viewer.Shooting in black and white, making use of the close-up to introduce his scenes and playing with only partially focused subjects he arrives at his individual and feisty vision.
Since 1983, photographer Miguel Bergasa (born 1951) has made 27 trips to Latin America, undertaking an in-depth exploration of the various cultures of each country in which he chooses to work. This PHotoBolsillo volume introduces his work.
Une nouvelle édition de la collection de chefs d'oeuvre, cette fois dédié à Chema Conesa. Chema Conesa est un journaliste et photographe (né à Murcie en 1952 , vit à Madrid ) dont la spécialité est le portrait. Il a travaillé pour deux grands journaux espagnols, El Pais et El Mundo. Outre son travail en tant que photographe, Chema Conesa est un éditeur de livres et dirige la collection Photobolsillon.
Il est également commissaire de photographes, tels Ramon Masats , Catala Roca ou Chema Madoz. Il a donné de nombreux séminaires et conférences et a été membre du jury du Prix National de la Photographie en Espagne et du World Press Photo. Sa contribution à la photographie a été reconnue en 2010 avec le Prix Bartolomé Ros de PhotoEspaña pour sa carrière professionnelle en 2011.
Tras el gran éxito de las dos primeras entregas de nuestra colección Obras Maestras (Chema Madoz y Català-Roca), presentamos el libro más completo publicado hasta la fecha de una de las más importantes personalidades de la fotografía española: Isabel Muñoz. La obra de Isabel Muñoz se basa en la investigación y exploración del cuerpo humano, a través de la danza, primero, y de la denuncia social, después. Las geografías de hombres y mujeres, recubiertas de arte, descubren los mundos desconocidos tras la piel y los ojos. Reportera audaz y arriesgada, ha merecido dos veces el World Press Photo. Afincada en Madrid, ha realizado innumerables exposiciones individuales desde 1986 y mantiene una intensa actividad periodística.
Female sexuality is the central theme in the photographs of the Catalan Laia Abril. With their warm feel of a family documentary, her images dislocate viewers, who find themselves suddenly trapped in the intimacy of others and required to take a stance on uncomfortable realities that remain veiled in society. Abril combines photography with other multimedia tools, such as video and graphic design, in a work in progress which La Fábrica attests to in its PHotoBolsillo collection.
Notebooks, post-its, facades, dustbins, cars... And people. The eye of the photographer who arrives in London as a foreigner captures an entire universe of insignificant things (trifles) which, however, can mean a lot to the newcomer.
Nominated for World Press Photo and a finalist for the Gran Prix Fotofestival, in The Observation of Trifles the Madrid-born photographer Carlos Alba suggests a unique, random guide through the conventionalisms of a London seen through objects found on its streets. This London is a far cry from postcards and is defined by both these everyday objects (which are therefore forgotten in the routine) and the look of the people that Alba photographed in the neighbourhoods of Hackney and Tower Hamlets, which make up a panoply of stories which may be analytical or superficial but are always poetic.
Jean Marie del Moral started his career in the 1970s, when he photographed the social movements that were taking place in France and the Carnation Revolution in Portugal for left-wing newspapers. After, he started capturing the studios of famous artists beginning with Joan Miró's in Palma (Spain) in 1978. From then on, he would follow the imagery of countless Spanish and international artists. His work has been published in prestigious international magazines. His first solo exhibitions took place in 1987 and 1988. He has also directed documentaries on Pablo Picasso and Miquel Barceló.
Wuhan before Wuhan captures a transformation process, both personal and photographic, of the Spanish photographer Jorquera, who reached in 2007 this Chinese city, at that time completely unknow for the West. He chose Wuhan, located in the country's hinterland, far from the megacities like Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, in order to settle there and create bonds, to focus on a more doable place, nestle into the context. But the lack of referents and communication led him to feel isolated, and isolation led to disorientation. Thus Jorquera began to undertake a more introspective odyssey, a journey inwards, where Wuhan represents something very basic yet universal: the quest for identity. AUTHOR: Born in Pontevedra (Spain) in 1972, Jorquera is one of the great names in young contemporary Spanish photography. A founding member of the Nophoto collective and editor of various publications, his professional work is focused on China since 2002. His work Wuhan before Wuhan, his most ambitious to date, comes after nine years living in the city. The photographic essay is organised into interior and exterior atmospheres, into moods that shape an autobiographical story that is simultaneously a quest and a pathway of interpretation. His intention was to break through where there are no recognisable coordinates or familiar parameters, and throughout the process he managed to settle, to build himself. To inhabit oddness. 215 images.
Imago Ergo Sum brings together the most important milestones in the career of conceptual artist Joan Fontcuberta (born 1955), through three approaches: the work itself; the book as an object; and the exhibition. Trained in advertising and raised in Franco's Spain, Fontcuberta has been creating postmodern works of photography since the mid-80s, co-opting all forms of media and public communication to breed distrust in the truth of the image. Edited and created under the supervision of Fontcuberta himself, this is a book of his books, as well as a compendium of the work and the semantic and visual games of this master of Spanish photography. The volume includes a text by one of the key figures of Catalan contemporary culture, Josep Ramoneda, and by the curator of the exhibition, Sema D`Acosta, as well as an interview with the photographer.
Ai Weiwei: On the Table surveys the full scope of Weiwei's career, from his early days in 1980s New York to his present-day status as the best-known and most influential Chinese artist in the world. Work by this media-savvy activist calling for greater freedom in China can now be found in leading contemporary art museums and collections worldwide; the image of his taunting, irreverent middle finger imposed atop touristy monuments and landscape photos has become ubiquitous, his sunflower seed installations iconic. This volume includes previously unseen new work, as well as a range of key pieces from the past 35 years, presented in a beautiful clothbound format.
Of the series that make up this book, the most widely recognised is Barcelona, blanc i negre [Barcelona, black and white]. It depicts Barcelona during the sixties-children at play, fruit sellers in El Born, flower vendors, families... Costa Brava Show portrays beaches, people and the summer atmosphere in Ibiza, Tossa de Mar, Cadaqués and Calonge. In contrast, the photographs taken in Andalusia are work-centred. We no longer see women relaxing under the sun, but bullfighters, ranchers and Easter processions that bring us closer to the idea of religion as the starting point of every Andalusian's life.
Xavier Miserachs (Barcelona, 1937-1998) abandoned medical school to work as a photographer. In 1961 he set up his own studio and started undertaking professional projects, for which he started to be recognised. He was a correspondent, co-directed two films and co-founded the photography school EINA. He worked for magazines such as Actualidad Española, Bazaar and Triunfo, and he also made photo-reports for La Vanguardia and Gaceta Ilustrada. His book Full de contactes. Memòries was awarded the II Premi Gaziel for biographies and memoirs in 1997.