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La Pedrera: Xavier Miserachs, Witness of Spain's Change! -Photo

Hosted by the Consul of the Barcelona Discovering Catalonia Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Thu 05 Apr 18:15 - 20:00

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Hi all,

I've made a Booking of 15 persons maximum for this Photograph exhibition of another good catalan photographer from the spanish transition to 'democracy' times Protected content , 70s, 80s 90s on), recovered now and witness of a time.

I've picked up several infos about the exhibition and him that I found here and there while I'm preparing the activity and will copy below.

As it's a Big Quantity to see, black & white and Colour and the exhibition closes at 8pm, we will meet at 6,15 on dot and will enter at 6.30pm.


Protected content and exhibitions, as well as terrace, it's a MUST. ANOTHER 'MUST' that this beautiful city has and after this the ones who want WE WILL JOIN Katrina Piano-Bar Event in PETIT PALAU MUSEUM HOTEL just some streets away as we already keep doing since some months and that so good vibs brings.

Please, BE VERY SERIOUS in Cancelling your Attendance if you can't, so you leave room for the waiting list (if it was the case).

As last months we tried to match dates with Katrina, who is the organiser of GIN & PIANO MUSIC later, so we will finish the evening there.

Looking very much forward to see the ones interested in this to have a great time again!

All this said : I copy now all the info about :

Xavier Miserachs (Barcelona, Protected content the youngest member of a collective which in the late Protected content revived the creativity and innovation of applied photography, all trace of which had been lost after the Spanish Civil War. He brought about a break with the past in the spirit of modernity, overcoming the constraints of the Franco regime’s censors, as well as the difficulties caused by the government’s self-sufficiency policy. He gave up studying medicine when he discovered his calling to be a reporter, and he devoted himself professionally to photography with the vision and passion of a pioneer. Due to his sensitivity towards his fellow humans, his sense of humour and his intelligence, his reportages have the force of critical essays akin to autobiography, as a result of which his body of work constitutes a depiction of the second half of the 20th century, as well as a vivid and fresh portrait of his attitude towards life.

This exhibition charts a course through the era Miserachs lived in, illustrating it with his style, his personal interests, his reports and portraits connected with the history of the second half of the 20th century, the various genres and uses of photography, the techniques he employed and above all the evolution in his committed and reflective gaze, as he was always more interested in people than in the issue. The display features a selection of photographs from his vast archive, every aspect of which is encompassed for the first time—from his photos as an amateur to those he took as a professional, from his black and white shots to those in colour, and from his experimentation to the work he produced to commission—to complement those subjects that made this young photographer one of the classics before his time.

La experta y comisaria Laura Terré, hija del buen amigo de Miserachs, el también fotógrafo Ricard Terré, ha seleccionado unas Protected content , la mitad en blanco y negro y la otra mitad en color, y muchas de ellas inéditas, tras repasar el archivo del artista compuesto por unas 10.000 imágenes del archivo depositado en el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona (Macba). La idea es mostrar al Miserachs total, que tiene mucho que ver con la convulsa Europa de la segunda mitad del siglo XX, pero también al fotógrafo que usó el color en la publicidad y la moda, donde muestra, como ningún otro, a mujeres liberadas y desinhibidas, o al que trabajaba para el mundo editorial. “Las imágenes han sido seleccionadas de los contactos de Miserachs. Y muchas se muestran por primera vez en su formato original. No como al final salieron publicadas tras pasar por edición”, explica la comisaria, que defiende que la selección es “un recorrido por el tiempo que le tocó vivir y muestra la evolución de una mirada comprometida y reflexiva, siempre en complicidad con el público, más que con el asunto”.

La muestra recoge su serie Costa Brava Show, de Protected content , en la que plasma la transformación y conquista del turismo del paraíso que era la costa catalana; unas imágenes en las que conviven el pasado y la modernidad que representó la llegada de extranjeros. Luego llegará la explosión de color que representaron sus trabajos en la publicidad, el reportaje y la fotografía de libros, como los encargos que le hizo Pasqual Maragall en los años 80, para un libro colectivo como fue Els barcelonins, de Protected content . Pero también con escenas de medio mundo, desde Leningrado hasta Guinea Conakry y Nueva York, fruto de los constantes encargos que recibió como corresponsal para publicaciones como La Actualidad Española, Gaceta ilustrada, Interviu o Triunfo, revista con la firmó en Protected content contrato de disponibilidad exclusiva. Miserachs falleció en Protected content , a los 61 años, dejando su archivo, perfectamente organizado y clasificado, en hojas de contacto en las que es posible ver, tal y como mostró el Macba en Protected content , su metódica forma de trabajar.