Theotokopoulos es un proyecto que consiste en un conjunto de intervenciones culturales en la ciudad de Toledo que pretende contribuir al reconocimiento de la figura del Greco, durante la conmemoración del IV centenario de su muerte en Toledo durante el año 2014.
Hago fotos para exponerme; porque me siento terriblemente incapaz; y con incapaz quiero decir sola, coja y ciega. Una inválida social al fin y al cabo, que no encuentra o no decide dónde encajar o hacia dónde escapar. Una cobarde escondiéndose en esta falsa valentía que veo en vosotros, acompañados; y que ya no soporto ver en mí. Él sólo es el recuerdo de que ningún traje encaja ni encajará en mi piel; de que seguiré siendo una práctica máquina de inventar excusas con el único fin del autoengaño, de hacer más soportable lo insoportable; de mantener vivo el recuerdo de que un día admiré la vida de tal forma que me juré no querer morir nunca.
Catalan by birth, Miquel Dewever-Plana chose to devote his life to the fight for indigenous rights after studying photojournalism in Paris.
Travelling through Mexico and Guatemala between 1995 and 2000, he committed his time to studying the thirty Mayan peoples. The 170 colour photographs in his first book, “Mayas” (CLD Editions) are a precious testimony of an ancient lifestyle undergoing change. For more than two years, the photographer met with survivors of the Maya genocide in Guatemala where more than 200,000 people were massacred by the army during the Cold War, and 45,000 disappeared. He also met with members of Truth Commissions. All the portraits created, as well as testimonies collected about this dark chapter were collected in a book, “ La vérité sous la terre: le génocide silencieux” (Underground truth: The Silent Genocide). His images are witnesses to an important historical work.
Miquel Dewever Plana received the Journalism and Human Rights Prize in 2008 from the International Festival of Photojournalism in the City of Gijon (Spain) for “Underground truth : the silent genocide ,” his work in Guatemala.
Spanish. Born in 1958 in Madrid where he presently lives.
A scientist by training and a lover of photography, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto has managed to combine his two passions to become one of the most aware, demanding and subtle photographers in Europe.
After resurrecting the work of thirties portrait photographer, Martin Chambi, by creating prints from glass plates in Cuzco, Prieto developed a passion for Peru. Ten years later, he crossed the country on a “journey to the sun,” where he finely and artistically portrayed his tenderness for the people, the beauty of the landscape, his curiosity for an often unspoiled culture, and the poverty accompanying this condition.
He then grouped together a collection of strange 20-year-old images he had taken of bare landscapes and still lives to explore photography’s limits and better understand light. The resulting effect was a tension between fiction and representation. He has also recently worked with colour by using the highly personal tonality of Ethiopia and India to create visions that are both mental and based upon a troubling realism, a form of travel, between dream and materiality, like on the delicacy of impossible shades.
Cada uno de estos momentos capturados me pertenece, del mismo modo que yo pertenezco a cada uno de ellos, no logro descifrar su complejidad, fluyeron instintivamente e instintivamente fueron seleccionados. Todos ellos me influyen y todos ellos me orientan hacia mi destino. La fotografía sensual más allá de la cerebral, la pasional más allá de la técnica, la experimentada más allá de la premeditada, ésas serán mis directrices, porque así lo siento y así lo percibo
I started photographing a couple of years ago because I had an overwhelming necessity of going beyond and make it tangible. I needed to create something with my hands and drawing was not as fulfilling as Photography. I take photos because it’ s an escape and a path to find myself, to to keep a track of what I’ve felt, who I’ve met and what interests me.
I’m in between Fine art and Docmentary Photography.I really enjoy creating staged pictures, giving directions to the model, taking the time to experiment with light, the human body shapes and nature environments (like ”Nymph” serie).However I also have this need to photograph what I see, I find both challenging.
Additionnaly I’m more interested in analog photography, I like the mistery and magic (even if many times it’s disappointing), the slow and deliberate side of this technique. I find very interesting the imperfect side which brokes the established order.I’m also afraid of the zillion pictures that are uploaded everyday and that will disappear one day, so I keep shooting analog, it’s a way to ensure my memories.