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13.04.2012
Expositions


Ramón Masats (b. 1931) and Ricard Terré (1928-2009) were contemporaries in the “Nueva Vanguardia (New Avant-Garde)” movement, and they had a creative spirit in common. What is more, their great friendship led them to exhibit together, along with Xavier Miserachs, from their early days. In its 10th “Maridajes (Marriages)” exhibition, Bodegas Roda has reunited these two photographers with a selection of their work from the collection of the Fundación  Foto Colectiana . This exhibition aims to highlight the uniqueness of their work and their photographic perspectives, which are related but also different, by “marrying” two of their most famous photographic collections: “Sanfermines” (1963) by Masats, and “Semana Santa (Easter)” by Terré.  The collections will be shown in the Exhibition Hall from April 19th to September 31st, 2012.

 

Ramón Masats and Ricard Terré formed part of the brilliant generation of photographers which helped to renew Spanish photography during the Sixties. In Catalonia it was known as the “Nueva Vanguardia” and, through the AFAL group, spread to other parts of Spain such as Almería and Madrid.  Its members favoured a new approach to photography as a medium of expression. This became a genuine artistic movement and with time it became recognized as one of the great periods of contemporary European photography.

 

Bodegas Roda will be showing the vision of Masats and Terré  in their “Sanfermines” and “Semana Santa” collections until the end of September, permitting the visitor to get closer to the mood, customs and folklore of a grey,  hard, though vital time in Spain’s history.

 

Hundreds of shots taken in Pamplona between 1957 and 1960 form the “Sanfermines” photo series, a work which is well-known for its artistic and historic value in the way it documents this fiesta during those years.  For Masats, it was a turning point in his career and a moment of insight, as it gave him prestige as an artist and enabled him to become a professional photographer.

“Sanfermines” distances itself from the language of traditional photography.  It breaks with established convention and shows great intuition and creativity when dealing with typically Spanish festivities and celebrations.  Masats brings to these events his personal graphic syntax, his finest contribution to the language of photographic reportage.  With many traditional echoes Masats portrays the reality around him, without either intervening or wanting to denounce it as socially wrong. As he puts it, “I’ve never liked much showing misery. I would rather suggest it than show it.”

Alongside the “Sanfermines” series by Masats, Ricard Terré’s photographs of “Semana Santa” show how fiestas, carnivals and religious ceremonies form a recurrent theme in his work. These are the moments when he sees people at their best, freed from routine and showing their true characters.

His ironic vision and his sense of humour enable the photographer to portray his surroundings and explain the human condition with elegance, empathy and warmth. His personal style, with its risky framing of shots and sharp contrasts between black and white, is what makes him a photographic essayist.

 

Ramón Masats

Ramón Masats (born in Caldes de Montbui, Barcelona, 1931) began work as a photo-journalist on various newspapers. He soon gained recognition for his work as a chronicler and for his special intuition for capturing reality.

In 1956 he won the Premio Luis Navarro award for avant-garde photography and the same year he moved to Madrid. He worked all over the Peninsula for the Gaceta Ilustrada, as well as being published in Paris-Match, Point de Vue and The Observer, among others.

He was a founder member of the “La Palangana (Wash-basin)” group along with Gabriel Cualladó, Francisco Ontañón and Paco Gómez and a member of the “AFAL” group of photographers. He has written books which are part of the history of the medium, as much as for their photographic genius like Los Sanfermines  as for his ability to blend his photographs with literary works such as Neutral Corner (1962) and Viejas historias de Castilla la Vieja  (Old Tales of Old Castile) (1964). Since 1965 he has combined photography with cinema and documentary making. In 2004 he received the Premio Nacional de Fotografía.

Ricard Terré

Ricard Terré  (born in  Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona, 1928; died in Vigo, 2009) began his artistic career as a painter and caricaturist. He did not practise photography until 1955 when he came into contact with members of the Catalan photography group Agrupació Fotogràfica de Catalunya.

He joined AFAL in 1958 and became a member of its management committee, in which he actively participated. He stopped photographing at the end of the Sixties, though he took it up again in 1982 with a surprisingly fresh approach.

The VU agency in Paris brought him international recognition. In 2008 he was awarded the Premio Bartolomé Ros by PhotoEspaña   for the best career in photography.  The Fundació La Caixa  organized an exhibition of his work in 1995 and in 2011 in Vigo  the Barrié de la Maza Foundation organised  a comprehensive  retrospective  exhibition of his works.

 


 
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