Sunday, December 16, 2018

UK: Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr

A major new exhibition of works by Martin Parr, one of Britain’s best-known and most widely celebrated photographers. Only Human: Martin Parr, brings together some of Parr’s best known photographs with a number of works never exhibited before to focus on one of his most engaging subjects – people. The exhibition will include portraits of people from around the world, with a special focus on Parr’s wry observations of Britishness, explored through a series of projects that investigate British identity today, including new works which reveal Parr’s take on the social climate in Britain in the aftermath of the EU referendum.

When: 7 March - 27 May 2019
Wolfson and Lerner Galleries at National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE



Monday, December 10, 2018

Germany: Andy Warhol: Fantastic!

The exhibition »Andy Warhol: Fantastic!« includes photographic works of more than 20 international artists who worked with Andy Warhol. The more than 80 portraits provide a rare view on the personality of the co-founder of Pop Art and one of the most important artists in history

Elliott Erwitt · Andy Warhol · 1986
Exhibited artists:
David Bailey, Cecil Beaton, Harry Benson, Elliott Erwitt, Carl Fischer, Ron Galella, Burt Glinn, Greg Gorman, Milton H. Greene, Thomas Hoepker, Dennis Hopper, Yousuf Karsh, Benjamin Katz, David LaChapelle, Robert Lebeck, Christopher Makos, Angelika Platen, Steve Schapiro, Andy Warhol, Albert Watson, WoWe



Andy Warhol: Fantastic!
From November 24, 2018 until January 25, 2019

CWC GALLERY
Auguststrasse 11–13
10117 Berlin · Germany
More information: HERE
Carl Fischer · Andy Warhol in a Soup Can · 1969

  

Christopher Makos · Andy Warhol (Altered Image) · 1981

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Toronto: Ecology of a Landscape


More information: HERE

Barbara Edwards Contemporary is pleased to present our inaugural exhibition for BEC Project Space at 315 King Street West. Ecologies of Landscape gathers work by nine highly accomplished artists from Canada and abroad to re-imagine our perceptual, aesthetic, and ethical relationships with our home planet. In diverse media and from a variety of cultural and geographical perspectives, these artists ponder what our connections to the Earth might be in this time of widespread concern about climate change. Especially in Canada, landscape painting has been the dominant way to approach and appreciate what we construe as 'nature' as well as our own identities. With increasing urgency since the 1960s, however, artists worldwide have grappled with the inadequacies of the landscape genre amidst concerns over land stewardship and the environmental degradation of our shared planet. Works in this exhibition reconceive land and landscape as presented and experienced in art.

Ecologies of Landscape challenges us to reconsider what art and artists can contribute to the ecological future of the Earth, what 'being terrestrial' means for each of us. British European artist Tacita Dean photographs the stunning oddities of Madagascan Baobab trees. Bonnie Devine's Radiation and Radiance drawings and Canoe: to the North Shore narrate the discovery of uranium near Elliot Lake in the Algoma region of northern Ontario and its impact on the Anishinaabe Ojibwa of the Serpent River First Nation, to which she belongs. Documenting a rock on an Icelandic glacier from all sides, Olafur Eliasson's photo series The small glacier surfer sets the long game of geological change against the time it takes for a human being to move around an object. Isabelle Hayeur disrupts the seductive beauty of conventional underwater photography with a troubling image of Spirogyra - a plant that thrives on pollutants left by humans - photographed in Québec's Eastern Townships. Reflecting on the horrors of missing and murdered Indigenous women, Shelley Niro's photographs recall landscape photography in a familiar role, that of nature as a refuge from a violent human world. James Nizam employs the magic of the camera obscura to create two still images focusing our gaze on that most fundamental diurnal phenomenon, the rising and setting of the sun. Reinhard Reitzenstein's meticulous 'text' drawings of trees intone a profound reverence for these arboreal beings. British artist Simon Starling's digital video and stills titled Project for a Rift Valley Crossing - set in the Dead Sea area of the Middle East - hypnotically involve us in the material and conceptual dimensions of our interactions with land and water. Paul Walde's video Tom Thomson Centennial Swim returns to a regional obsession about landscape art and the land, commemorating Thomson's mysterious death on Canoe Lake in 1917.

Ecologies of Landscape is curated by Mark A. Cheetham, University of Toronto. His book Landscape into Eco Art: Articulations of Nature Since the '60s was published in 2018. Neda Omidvar, Director at Barbara Edwards Contemporary, is the Assistant Curator.


Ecologies of Landscape
Tacita Dean, Bonnie Devine, Olafur Eliasson, Isabelle Hayeur, Shelley Niro, James Nizam, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Simon Starling, Paul Walde


Curated by Mark A. Cheetham

10 November to 26 January 2019
OPENING RECEPTION 10 NOVEMBER, 6 - 9pm
CURATOR REMARKS @ 7pm
RSVP to neda@becontemporary.com by 9 NOVEMBER

Barbara Edwards Contemporary
BEC Project Space
315 King St. West, 2nd Floor, Toronto

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Rome Italy: Re-Framing, Michela Palermo

ONEROOM Books is proud to introduce a new format of initiatives, ONE open ROOM, becoming a kind of a temporary studio available for invited authors to express and talk about themselves and their work in total freedom.

The first appointment will see Michela Palermo as hostess on October 23rd and 24th presenting Re_framing, a printed matter installation from her ongoing project The Untitled box, which will remain on show until November 3rd.

More information: HERE

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Geneva: Bettina Rheims

La galerie Xippas est heureuse de présenter une exposition de l’iconique photographe parisienne Bettina Rheims, pour la première fois dans une galerie en Suisse. Au centre du travail de Bettina Rheims, des portraits de femmes, de stars, une photographie qui se veut non conventionnelle pour une iconographie du corps particulière. Les photographies présentées à la Galerie Xippas ont été réalisées entre 1994 et 2013, représentant un large pannel de la carrière de l’artiste. Des portraits de femmes, d’icônes, manipulées et sublimées à la fois par les clichés de Bettina Rheims.



More information:  HERE

Friday, September 7, 2018

Moscow: Pioneers of American Modernism

An exhibition at The Lumiere Brothers Center of Photography
September 20 - December 2, 2018

Ezra Stoller. TWA Terminal at Idlewild (now JFK) Airport. Eero Saarinen. New York, NY, 1962 © Ezra Stoller, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York



The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography presents the first Russian exhibition of works by Ezra Stoller, an outstanding American architectural photographer of the 20th-century.

The Guggenheim Museum, the former Whitney Museum of American Art building, Manhattan skyscrapers, the TWA Terminal at Kennedy International Airport, the famous «Fallingwater» house, the iconic building of the 20th-century – the Ronchamp Chapel and many other architectural landmarks of themodernist era in focus of one of the most influential architectural photographers will be presented atthe site of the Center for Photography at the Red October.

For many years, Stoller worked with the pioneers of modern American architecture and the mostfamous representatives of Modernism, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Louis Kahn, Le Corbusier, Paul Rudolph and Marcel Breuer.

Works for the exhibition in Moscow were specially selected from Ezra Stoller's archive. Theexposition includes black and white photographs of public buildings, offices and private houses fromthe very beginning of his career in the late 1930s to the 1970s.

The project is realized in cooperation with the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture. Invited architect of the exhibition: Julia Napolova, P.S. Culture.

More information: HERE


Thursday, July 5, 2018

If Slovenia were... Contemporary Slovenian photography curated by Klavdij Sluban

EXHIBITION July 2 to september 23

OPENING Today, July 5, 7:30pm::
Visit of the exhibition in the presence of the artists at the Voies Off Gallery
followed by a cocktail in the Cour de l'Archevêché at 9 pm

SCREENING
July 5 at 10pm, Cour de l'Archevêché

MEETING WITH THE ARTISTS
July 6, 3pm, Voies Off Gallery

“The project “If Slovenia were…” represents a photographic vision of the country through the eyes of 19 contemporary Slovenian photographers. All of the series were developed specifically for this project between 2015 and 2018. The participating photographers were selected in an open call. Through distinct individual expressions, the authors articulate their own vision and interpretation of the country they live in. “If Slovenia were…” shows the different layers of Slovenia nowadays through the feeling these young photographers (the average age is 34) carry within themselves. The end of Yugoslavia and its war (1991-2001) are far behind them. New refugees cross their country. Themes rank from globalized suburbs and growing malls to family life and the inner self. The perception is focused as much on Slovenia nowadays as the place each of these 19 photographers has within this society."
©Matjaz Rust, The New World (2017-2018)



Klavdij Sluban, mentor and curator of If Slovenia were...

The artists:
Jošt Dolinsek
Jošt Franko
Katja Goljat
Ciril Jazbec
Irena Jurca
Jurij Korenjak
Primož Korošec
Tereza Kozinc
Meta Krese
Robert Marin
Dejan Mijović
Matej Povše
Boštjan Pucelj
Matjaž Rušt
Klemen Skubic
Nina Sotelšek
Marko Vrbič
Ana Zibelnik
Manja Zore


The Voies Off Festival is honoured to welcome the project If Slovenia Were... curated by photographer Klavdij Sluban, under two different but complementary forms. The project will be presented as an exhibition on the walls of the Voies Off Gallery, and a screening in Cour de l'Archevêché.



Klavdij Sluban is a French photographer of Slovenian parents, born in Paris in 1963. He spent his childhood in Livold (Slovenia). His photographic themes deal with confined spaces in remote countries, islands or jails. Awarded the Prix Niépce in 2000, he was elected “Artist of the year” in 2017 in South Korea.Since the beginnig of the 1990s, Klavdij Sluban participates actively in the cultural life of the country of his origins. He is present on the artistic scene with numerous exhibitions (Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery), he has photographed young prisonners in the jail of Celje from 2000 to 2004 and he organizes workshops and several year long masterclasses with young Slovenian photographers. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious prize “Deklica s piščalko” (“Young Girl with a Flute”).


More information: HERE

Monday, June 25, 2018

London: Dorothea Lange / Vanessa Winship A photography double bill

An incredible exhibition not to be missed in London at The Barbican Center!
June 22 - September 2, 2018

A double bill of exhibitions featuring pioneering documentary photographer and visual activist, Dorothea Lange, and award-winning contemporary photographer, Vanessa Winship.

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing is the first UK retrospective of American photographer Dorothea Lange (1895-1965). Lange was a powerful woman of unparalleled vigour and resilience. Using her camera as a political tool to shine a light on cruel injustices, Lange went on to become a founding figure of documentary photography.

Vanessa Winship: And Time Folds is the first major UK solo exhibition of contemporary photographer and recipient of the prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson prize in 2011, Vanessa Winship. This much overdue exhibition showcases over 150 photographs, uncovering the fragile nature of our landscape and society and exploring how memory leaves its mark.



Find more information and buy your tickets: HERE

The Winners of Photobookfest Dummy Contest 2018


The winner of Photobookfest Dummy contest 2018 was announced at the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography on 1st June. Andrey Ivanov’s photobook «Go there I don’t know where, take a picture of that I don’t know what» was selected by a Russian and international jury.

Andrey Ivanov about his work: «When I became a parent, I had an idea to make a photographic book for children. I started to photograph subjects and images of Russian fairy tales. At first it was a series of purely staged photos but then I noticed that some of the documentary photos found fit perfectly into this fabulous series».

 More information: HERE



 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Meridel Rubenstein Book Signin Event Friday July 13th, 2018


PHOTO-EYE Bookstore + Project Space
1300 RUFINA CIRCLE, SUITE A3, SANTA FE, NM 87507

Announcing
MERIDEL RUBENSTEIN BOOK SIGNING
Friday, July 13, 5 – 6:30 PM

 
ABOUT THE EVENT
photo-eye Bookstore’s Project Space is proud to welcome Meridel Rubenstein for a book
signing on Friday, July 13th from 5 – 6:30pm. Rubenstein will be signing copies of her latest monograph, Eden Turned on Its Side, published by the University of New Mexico Art Museum. photo-eye is also pleased to have copies of Rubenstein’s out-of-print 2004 publication Belonging: Los Alamos to Vietnam available for signing and purchase as well.
Earlier that morning, Rubenstein will be speaking at the Tech and The West Initiative at the New Mexico History Museum at 10:30 am, and will have two mixed media installations, Oppenheimer’s Chair and The Meeting on view at the New Mexico History Museum’s Atomic Histories exhibition.

ABOUT THE BOOK
Internationally renowned artist and University of New Mexico alumna Meridel Rubenstein creates photographic artworks that engage the natural world and investigate humanity’s place within nature. Eden Turned on Its Side looks at ecological and human processes across time that either reinforce or destroy the notion of “Eden.” Focusing on poetic intersections of nature and culture in relation to ecological and social imbalance, the work consists of large-scale photographic images that tend toward immersive installation, as is characteristic of much of Rubenstein’s art. It comprises three parts — Photosynthesis, Volcano Cycle, and Eden in Iraq — which respectively explore ecologies on the scales of human time, geological time, and mythical time.
“Eden Turned on Its Side is not presented as a timeline but as a natural cycle of life, death and rebirth where human beings and nature are deeply connected and exist in true symbiosis.”
 – PATRICIA LEVASSEUR DE  LA MOTTE, France/Singapore, Independent Curator

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Meridel Rubenstein began her professional career in the early 1970s, evolving from a photographer of single photographic images to an artist of extended works and multi-media installations. She has exhibited widely including at the Louvre inParis and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, as well as in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions in the United States. Her works are in prominent collections including the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; among others. Meridel Rubenstein is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Rubenstein maintains a studio in Santa Fe, NM.

 

More information: HERE

Friday, June 15, 2018

Portrait(s) at Vichy (France) June 15 - September 9, 2018

If you intend to spend some time in France in the next few months, the photographic festival "Portrait(s)" in the town of Vichy is surely an event not to be missed.

From June 15 until September 9, 2018, photographers will exhibit their work at the Cultural Center as well on the town walls.

At the Centre Culturel Valery Larbaud you will be able to discover:
Nelli Palomaki and her series <i>Shared</i>, 
Mattia Zoppellaro's work about Irish gipsies
Thomas Sauvin will showcase 300 images from his photographic archives project <i>Beijing Silvermine</i>
Justine Tjallinks's pictures of children with the down syndrome and her portraits of albinos women
Denis Dailleux will showcase children portraits' taken at Persan-Beaumont (Val d'Oise) at the end of the 80s.
Finaly Gilles Coulon's will reveal the images he captured on students and foster families in Vichy in collaboration with the CAVILAM and the French Alliance association.

Outside, at the town square Saint Louis and at the Train Station,
Karma Milopp studio, a duo of artists created in 2011 by the painter Carla Talopp and the photographer Thomas Millet will show the portraits they took using their itinerant outside studio.


More information: HERE

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

3 days left to enter All About Photo Magazine: Faces

Our second printed issue of AAP Magazine will feature the best projects showcasing the theme "Faces". Faces are a reflection of our inner thoughts, reveal yourself!

"The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt."
- Henry Cartier-Bresson


In this second magazine we strive to discover the best and most interesting portrait photography from all over the world. We’re eager to see innovative new approaches as well as stunning traditional work!

From the classic studio portraits to the rise of the selfie, the best portraits give a glimpse into somebody's soul, a connection formed across distance, cultures and ages.

Show us faces – series are more than welcome – that celebrate diversity, creativity, honesty and self-expression. Studio portraits, candid street shots, self-portraits, conceptual and fine art all welcome. With all faces to choose from around the world, show us the ones that matter to you.

Winners will receive $1,000 in cash awards, their winning image(s) or full portfolio published in AAP Magazine Vol.2, extensive press coverage and global recognition.

All winners will have their work published in the second printed issue of AAP Magazine, a free copy of the magazine and their portfolio showcased in the Winners Gallery of www.all-about-photo.com.


1st Place winner
Cash Prize: $500 (US Dollars).
Exclusive interview and winning image(s) or portfolio published in AAP Magazine, Volume 2: Faces
One free copy of AAP Magazine that will be for sale and distributed on Amazon.com
Winning work showcased on the online Winners Gallery of All About Photo

2nd Place Winner
Cash Prize: $300 (US Dollars).
Winning image(s) or portfolio in AAP Magazine, Volume 2: Faces
One free copy of AAP Magazine that will be for sale and distributed on Amazon.com
Winning work showcased on the online Winners Gallery of All About Photo

3rd Place Winner
Cash Prize: $200 (US Dollars).
Winning image(s) or portfolio published in AAP Magazine, Volume 2: Faces
One free copy of AAP Magazine that will be for sale and distributed on Amazon.com
Winning work showcased on the online Winners Gallery of All About Photo

Particular Merit Mention
The next twelve winners (ranked from 4 to 15) will have their best image(s) or portfolio published in AAP Magazine Vol.1.
They will receive one free copy of the magazine that will be for sale and distributed on Amazon.com and their portfolio showcased in the Winners Gallery of www.all-about-photo.com

Submit your work today: HERE

Sabine Weiss at Saint Gingolph June 15- August 19, 2018


Sabine Weiss was born at Saint-Gingolph on July 23rd 1924. This Summer the city chose to celebrate her work with the presentation of an exhibition of big scale photographs on the border of the lake as well as a projection at dusk of a selection of images representing lovers.

More about Sabine Weiss: HERE

Moscow: Big Ballet by Sasha Gusov

June 28 - September 23 at the Lumière Brothers Center of Photography

Sasha Gusov. Nina Kaptsova. Corsaire. London, 2016

The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography presents an exhibition from photographer Sasha Gusov, which will display a cycle of photographs of the Bolshoi Ballet Company. The exposition will include about 50 unique shots made during the period between 1992 to 2016, from behind the scenes of the "big ballet", the brand that emerged during the first and incredibly successful tour of the Bolshoi Theater troupe in 1956.

Sasha Gusov’s photos perfectly convey the dynamics and expressiveness of ballet dance. There are among them beautiful staged portraits and fascinating, finely grasped shots of rehearsals and performances. Shot on film, "on the move" and without additional lighting, they captivate with their efficiency. "Photography is documentary – it just fixing something that is happening in a particular moment," says the photographer. And Gusov, like no other, knows how to masterfully catch these random situations. Nevertheless, he not only fixes the event, but also skillfully conveys the state of the caught instant.

More information: HERE

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Ewa Monika Zebrowski: In the Garden, Cy Trombly

An exhibition of photographs, poems and artist's books curated by Max Renkel


ONEROOM Books, Art & Photo
Piazza dei Satiri, 55 Roma
Rome, Rm 00186 Italy

More information: HERE



Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Exhibition in London: The Sweetest Taboo by Frieke Janssens

For the first time ever, I'm exhibiting my best-known work in London in collaboration with the Ingrid Deuss Gallery. The exhibition will run from 12 to 22 April @TheBrickLaneGallery-TheAnnexe and will showcase some of the work from my latest book: The Sweetest Taboo, published by Lannoo.

I've always been fascinated by taboo. My images explore some of these taboos in photo series such as Smoking Kids, Your Last Shot and Dianas, all on display at the exhibition.


Key dates:

12 April 5-8pm: Opening of the exhibition
Location: 93-95 sclater street, London, E1 6HR
I'd love to see you all there (and feel free to share this facebookevent among your friends)
For your diary

18 April 7pm: Book Launch
Location: 5 Cheshire street, London, E2 6ED
Artist's talk and book signing at Caravanserail book store
Please register: Caravanserail

London, UK National Portrait Gallery: Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

This major new exhibition brings together, for the first time, the works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography, Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Oscar Rejlander (1813–75) and Clementina Hawarden (1822-65). These four artists would come to embody the very best in photography of the Victorian era. Their experimental approach to picture-making and radical attitudes towards photography have informed artistic practice ever since.
Featuring striking portraits of sitters such as Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Carlyle, George Frederick Watts, Ellen Terry and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.


1 March - 20 May 2018
Porter Gallery
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE
 

edith liddell by lewis carroll

Friday, March 30, 2018

New Call for Entry: LIGHT

Our first printed issue of AAP Magazine will feature the best projects showcasing the theme "Light". Light is what allows us to see. It is what shapes and colors every object, creates depth, mood and mystery. Daylight, candlelight, inner-light, traffic light... Play with light!

"Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography."
- George Eastman

Where would the photographer be without light, the basic tool of all photographers?
From the blackest night to the brightest day, the deepest shadows to the starkest highlights, send us your images that illustrate your understanding and response to light!
This can be natural light or artificial light, everything from an ode to Josef Sudek to a nod to Joel Meyerowitz and his wonderful mixed lighting color photographs. The time of day and type of light often determine the mood and the feeling of the photograph.

Send us your images - series are more than welcome - both where light may not just influence the pictures, but where it may also be the subject solely.
Be inspired. Be curious. Be fearless. We are ready.

Whether in portrait, landscape, fashion, street or any other form of photography - classic or experimental: We're open to all genres and we want to publish your best work in our first issue of AAP Magazine.

Winners will receive $1,000 in cash awards, their winning image(s) or full portfolio published in AAP Magazine Vol.1, extensive press coverage and global recognition.

All winners will have their work published in the first printed issue of AAP Magazine, a free copy of the magazine and their portfolio showcased in the Winners Gallery of www.all-about-photo.com.

SUBMIT YOUR WORK TODAY


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Basquiat Collaborator Creates Mural at Art Wynwood to Honor Victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting




Street artists Al Diaz, Danny Minnick and Edwin Baker created a special mural on the Art Wynwood tent today to address the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Al Diaz is a New York based artist and along with Jean-Michel Basquiat was the creator of SAMO, and he flew to Miami to create the piece and pay his respects to the tragedy that occurred on Wednesday February 14th, 2018.



The mural reads: SAMO 4 THE ANGRY CHILD FEELING ALL ALONE SECRETLY FORGING A HEART “COLD AS STONE” COMTEMPLATES VENGEANCE, STARES AT HIS PHONE LEAVES US 2 CLEAN UP, THE FLESH, BLOOD & BONE.

In addition, in response to the tragedy, Art Miami LLC will donate half of all box office proceeds generated during Art Wynwood to victims and their families of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy. 



Nick Korniloff, Founder, Art Wynwood, comments, “Due to the unimaginable tragedy that unfolded on Wednesday February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, half of the box office proceeds made during this weekend’s Art Wynwood fair will be donated to support the victims and their families. Myself and the fair’s ownership team are approaching and encouraging all of our 70 galleries and vendors to make additional donations. Resorts World Miami LLC, the property owner of One Herald Plaza where this year’s fair is taking place, has already committed to a generous donation, as has Eventstar Structures, Spuntino Catering, Platform International LLC, and Accurate Event Group, and we feel confident that many more of our colleagues and friends in the compassionate international art world will join us. We encourage everyone to donate to the official GoFundMe site for the Marjory Stoneman High School FUND ME PAGE. Art Wynwood will make its donation following the fairs closing on Monday February 19th, 2018.”


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Not to be missed in France Sabine Weiss


More information in French: HERE

Uruguay: Alberto García Alix "un expresionismo feroz"

Jointly produced by the CCE, Centro de Fotografía de Montevideo (Montevideo’s Photographic Centre) and the Xippas Gallery.









Motorcycles, women, music, night-life, drugs, life and death have always served as an inspiration to Alberto García- Alix. ‘Photographs of motorcycles, in particular, have become a focal point of his work and are part of his latest published book, entitled Moto. It covers a broad spectrum, from the first snapshots that he took in 1975, during a motocross race involving his brother, to 2007, incorporating a new block of unpublished photographs with which the artist initiated a renovated photographic discourse through a more abstract and allegorical use of images.
There is a radical transformation between his images of the 80s and 90s and those of the present. His earlier pictures comprise portraits and self-portraits of characters mounted on their machines in the midst of a number of circuits, festivals, streets and highways, introducing us into the world of motorcycling from within. In his more recent work, whole machines are never on view. More suggestively, he plays with their shadows and with the writhing effects of the light projected upon them. In short, this suite of photographs transmits the beauty and the care with which García-Alix has portrayed his life and its links to the motorcycle.’
Motorcycles and life; motorcycles and death. The motorbike is no longer an object and has become a character in itself, as important as those who ride them. It has its own life and soul; its soul is present in its shadow, with its blurred outline distorted by paving, pavement, and drains. The real object is transformed through the use of a fierce expressionism; allegory, feelings, state of mind; what is actually defined or present matters little. Motorcycles, like the buildings of Paris or China or the silhouettes of trees and railings express extreme solitude, forlornness; metaphors for abandonment or escape.
These photographs of a motorcycle-driven life have been interspersed with others, which are essential in the iconography of Alberto García-Alix and in the iconography of Spanish photography; his portraits and self-portraits, which he identifies as: ‘a confrontation in which he tends to place himself frontally, face-to-face with his model’, and which has resulted in timeless images which are now part of the rich history of photography. They represent reality from within – he has never been a peripheral artist – primarily of the movida madrileña, a countercultural movement which entailed a radical change in the culture of Spanish society during the transition to democracy and whose leading players were Pedro Almodóvar, Rossy de Palma, Emma Suárez, Alaska and many others, masterfully portrayed by the artist. But García-Alix never left it at that; rather, with the speed of a motorbike on a road without curves, he has established a fundamental distance from those photographs. His expertise continues today with his exposure of wonderfully dark characters with intense eyes, of nocturnal buildings, of vegetation which is alive and yet dead. Above all, his incredible, sincere and brutal introspection, delving into himself and his most intimate world; that is the true essence of García-Alix’s current work, his most disturbing findings.
Ricardo Ramón Jarne

Alberto García-Alix was born on 22 March 1956 in León, Spain. When he was eleven years old, he moved with his family to Madrid, where he currently resides. His earliest negatives date back to 1976. He held his first solo exhibitions in the early eighties, in galleries in Madrid such as the Buades Gallery or the Moriarty Gallery, and in international venues such as the Portfolio Gallery of London.
During the first PhotoEspaña show held in 1998, he presented a major retrospective exhibition, to huge critical and public acclaim. In 1999, he received the National Photography Award from the Spanish Ministry of Culture, and began working with the Juana de Aizpuru Gallery in Spain and the Kamel Mennour Gallery in France.
Between 2003 and 2006 he lived in Paris, where he produced a video trilogy alternating photographs and films, representing his venture into the video format, which he continues to explore to this day.
In 2009, he held a retrospective exhibition at the Reina Sofía National Museum Art Centre of Madrid, as well as at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art of Beijing and at the Maison de la Photographie of Moscow. Recently, he has held exhibitions at the Maison Européene de la Photographie in Paris, at the Photographers’ Gallery in London, at the Contemporary Art Museum in León and at the Tabacalera Promoción del Arte in Madrid.
His work can be found in large international collections such as the Reina Sofía National Museum Art Centre (Spain), the Fonds Nationales d’Art Contemporain (France) or the Deutsche Börse (Germany), among others. García-Alix has combined his photographic activities with those of an editor; he founded the cultural journal, El Canto de la Tripulación (1989 to 1997), and, more recently, jointly founded the Cabeza de Chorlito publishing house, together with Frédérique Bangerter, under the imprint of which he has published some of his most recent creations: El paraíso de los creyentes (Believers’ Paradise) (2011); Diaporamas (2012); MOTO (2015) and Motorcycle Family Circus (2016).


More information: HERE