Column | Looks that trap life

In a country in which the photograph has been viewed, until recently, with the raised eyebrow of indifference and in which there is a national museum dedicated

Column | Looks that trap life

In a country in which the photograph has been viewed, until recently, with the raised eyebrow of indifference and in which there is a national museum dedicated to the art of the image, nor a plan to preserve its heritage photography is a deep gratitude news is that The 2 of TVE will take 13 programs, of half hour each one, to figures of documentary photography in spain. From an iconic image of each author, Behind the moment, directed by Xavier Baig and Jordi Rovira and produced by REC Videoproduccions, traces the life and career of names outstanding, with different voices, accompanied by many works of the protagonist.

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The first space was for Carlos Pérez Siquier and his famous photo of The white girl, taken in the neighborhood of almeria in La Chanca, where it cruised for almost a decade to reflect, first in black-and-white and then in color, the life of this depressed area. “It was a poverty that had dignity”, I would say. Beyond the technical analysis of the image, what there was, was also told the story of his protagonist, that girl who poses with naturalness under the framework of the door of his house. That same girl, years later, a waitress in Mallorca, he met an englishman who when told that I worked in the Bag, she thought, with the naivety, almost intact, that “although it was a dump and is dedicated to collect the bags”, you might want to.

As he recalled the historian of photography Laura Terré —the person that probably knows the most about the work of Pérez Siquier, this drove together to his friend José María Artero the magazine Afal, a wonderful madness of five years which served to that she made the best of then and who led the modernization of the Spanish photography.

Always willing to reinvent yourself, Pérez Siquier took later the fun photos from The beach. A work in which he documented the arrival of tourism to the coasts of almería, under a gaze which he defines: “A geography of the flesh, a scathing critique to the beach that I knew; they were provocations visual”.

Perez Siquier, who at 89 years holds the breeching, we arrived late, the official recognition. However, today has a museum that bears his name, in the town of almería to Olula of the River, and it is a joy to keep doing photos, now on the path of abstraction that began years ago. Maintains the life photo because it retains something of the look of the child, as stated in the program. Perez Siquier will follow in the coming weeks, Wednesdays at 20.00, Sandra Balsells, César Lucas, José Manuel Navia, Raul Cancio, Gervasio Sánchez, Pablo Juliá and Joana Biarnés, among others. No offense to anyone, you are missing a name, such as Cristina García Rodero and Isabel Muñoz. In any case, you will see different styles to get to know better finally, in a public television! Spanish photography.

Updated Date: 12 January 2020, 18:00

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