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IF THERE AREN’T OPPORTUNITIES

A VISION OF SPANISH CONTEMPORANY PHOTOGRAPHY

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YOU HAVE TO

CREATE THEM

PHOTOS: RICARDO CASES

SPANISH PHOTOGRAPY NOW!
All these factors are creating a generation of photographers that communicate and develop their work through alternative routes, out of an outdated system that is worn out, a punk philosophy of, as we say in Spanish “yo me lo guiso, yo me lo como” (literally I cook it, I eat it; meaning that I can do everything on my own). This talk explores this special environment and its main characters, talking about the most powerful initiatives that are being set out right now. We will also analyse which collectives, publications and authors stand out, both inside and outside of Spain, and how they have channeled their work through this media.

Spanish photography is going through a very special moment: an accelerated transformation process. The economical crisis, decline of institutions, the self-management, the internet and the social networks, cheap flights, the rise of the photobooks and self-publishing...

CRISTINA DE MIDDEL

THE DINOSAURS

# A stable market based on speculation and supported by the investment of public institutions. La Fábrica and other galleries, Photoespaña. The young art movements across institutional prizes and galleries. # The cultural politics in the transition to democracy. Photographers such as Chema Madroz, Alberto García-Alix, Isabel Muñoz, Ouka Leele or Cristina García Rodero, which dominate the market and the external sales, backed by the press and museums. # This system revolves around the sale of unique copies, while photography books are produced mainly for exhibition catalogs. # It has gone down the drain with the economical crisis as there is no art market based on private investment in Spain. # Institutions don’t take risks and they don’t encourage young photographers (there are some exceptions). They are very disconnected from the present photography world, they are stuck. # Photoespaña’s (La Fábrica) price to the best national photobook 2011: Máquinas of Marín (Edited by Fundación Telefónica). What happen with photographers like Cristobal Hara? # Cuarto direcciones of Manuel Santos, 1970-1990. A first reference.

SEMINARIES OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND JOURNALISM OF ALBARRACÍN
# Editorial, fashion, photojournalism...

# It has been a meeting point for students and photographers, organized by Gervasio Sanchez. It has been the origin and the glue of many initiatives.

# A generation of young people, educated, aware of what is happening outside, in Arles, in Kassel, in Berlin... out of the outdated and decadent system of institutions. # It is the photographers themselves who organize things, aside from the traditional system, and aside from the approval of institutions. # Many things are happening at the same time, everything is growing at the speed of light in just a few years. # The rise of the photobook.

THE FINANCIAL CRISIS, INTERNET & RYANAIR

JOSÉ DECONDE

E.C.O.

# Before the economical crisis, young photographers were part of collectives to find strength and to survive. In Spain, many of these collectives emerged in the middle of the 2000s. Now they are the new generation of photographers. # One of the last interesting things that were done by the Ministry was the meeting of euro-american collectives. Curated by Claudi Carreras in Tabacalera. http://www.fotoeco.es/ # Spanish collectives [Annexe 1] - Blank Paper http://www.blankpaper.es/ - Nophoto (Agency) http://nophoto.es/ - Phacto http://phacto.wordpress.com/ - Pandora (Photojournalism) http://www.pandorafoto.com/ - Ruido photo http://www.ruidophoto.com/ - SNOOT http://www.snoot-colectivo.com / - Omnivore http://omnivorephoto.com/ - Zunder Collective http://www.zundercollective.com/ # The dawn of collectives? Are they still needed for the production of photography? Are they more focused on management?

NOPHOTO

# The utopia. A pre-crisis collective & a recycling process. # Successful projects done by the collective

BLANK PAPER

# Why is it different? The philosophy of blank paper, which is now very spread out in the photography world, is an example of the present moment. # How it was born and why it works so well. # The school has been one of the seeds of the revitalization of Madrid. http://www.blankpaper.es/escuela/ # Unconditional support to young photographers. How they support them? # Things done by the school.

ZUNDER COLLECTIVE
# First Person Shooter # Step by step

JUAN VALBUENA

FOSI VEGUE

# Due to the economical situation, people don’t make a living out of this. And this is the best thing. # Initiative! You have to do, do, do, to take risks. Self-production and independence. # Constant support and communication through social networks. # Interesting initiatives to explore [Annexe 2] - Fotoaplauso (Madrid) http://fotoaplauso.blogspot.com/ - Las baladas del ciclope (Seville) http://www.elciclopemecanico.com/baladas/ - Photobook clubs (Madrid & Barcelona) XXX - Encontexto (Madrid) http://www.encontexto.org/ - Se muestra (Madrid) http://semuestra.net/ # Internet - 30y3 http://www.30y3.com/ - Have a nice book http://www.haveanicebook.com/ 
 - 10x15 http://www.10por15.net/ - Seeking magazine http://seekingmagazine.com/ - More than blog http://morethanblog.wordpress.com/ - White gloves are for dummies http://glovesfordummies.wordpress.com/ - El sofá rojo http://losofasrojos.blogspot.com/ . Cien ojos http://www.cienojos.org/ - Blogs (El otro blog, En crudo, Asuntos fotográficos...) # Fast growing festivals (Selection) - Emergent Lleida (Lleida, RIP) https://vimeo.com/emergent - SCAN (Tarragona) http://www.scan.cat/ - Pa-ta-ta (Granada) http://www.pa-ta-ta.com/ - Getxo foto (Getxo) http://www.getxophoto.com/ - Photon (Valencia) http://www.photonfestival2012.com/ - Festival Med (Águilas) http://mediterraneofestival.com/ - Fotoencuentos (Murcia) http://www.fotoencuentros.es/ - Zaragoza photo (Zaragoza) http://www.zaragozaphoto.es/ # Workshops, retouching, schools and media events where people earn money. # Institutions, fairs and galleries... today. # Main schools: Blank Paper Escuela (Madrid and Valencia), Grisart (Barcelona), Efti (Madrid), IED (Madrid)... # Other platforms: Imagen en Acción, Fotomovimiento15m, Fotogracción... # Everything is an excuse for drink some beers. # If there aren’t oportunities, you have to create them.

PARTY!

EMERGENT LLEIDA

FOTOAPLAUSO

FANZINE LA VERTIGINE - FEDERICO CLAVARINO

THE PHOTOBOOK INVASION

# The rise of photobooks, the prevailing main stream and why make photobooks? Beyond the exhibits. # Paloma al aire of Ricardo Cases y C.E.N.S.U.R.A of Julián Barón. The spearheads: when a foreing meets a spanish. http://www.eyecurious.com/photobooks-2011-and-the-winner-is/ # Books and authors to underline in the Spanish context, which is just getting started in this field. [Annexe 1] - David Jimenez. Infinito (Photovisión) - Txema Salvans. Nice to meet you (Actar) - Oscar Molina. Caja de Acuarelas (Producciones efímeras) - Federico Clavarino. Ukraina Passport (Fiesta editorial) - Crisitna de Middel. The afronauts (self publishing) - Carlos Albalá. Fault (B-side Books) - Iñaki Domingo. Mi Madre (self publishing) # Dalpine http://www.dalpine.com/ # Siete de un golpe http://www.sietedeungolpe.com/ # Book in progress http://www.bookip.org/ # Editorial world # Photovision http://www.photovision.es/ # Cuadernos fotográficos de la Kursala http://www.uca.es/extension/creacion/catalogo-exposiciones

# New independent publishing houses / Self production and other ways of funding. - Fiesta http://www.fiestaediciones.com/ - Standard http://www.standardillustrated.com/ - B-side books (crowfounding) http://cargocollective.com/bsidebooks - Atem books http://www.atembooks.com/ - TD papeles (fanzines) http://tdpapeles.info/ - Pree http://phree.es - BOKEH http://www.lens-fotografia.es/ - Ediciones Anómalas http://edicionesanomalas.com - Ca l’Isidret Edicions http://www.calisidretedicions.cat # Zine’s universo, magazines and other paper publications. [Annexe 2] - Monographic zines (Fiesta Fiesta, Laia Abril, Inés García...) - Efe24 http://efe24.com/ - Revista va! http://www.revistava.es/ - Piel de foto http://pieldefoto.org/ - New papers http://new-papers.com/ - Sgnal http://www.sgnalreview.com/ # Rise of specialized bookshops as production increases.

C.E.N.S.U.R.A. - JULIÁN BARÓN

ANNEXE 1: PHOTOGRAPHERS & PHOTOBOOKS
- Julián Barón C.E.N.S.U.R.A. http://www.julianbaron.es/ - Ricardo Cases Paloma al aire, La caza del... http://www.ricardocases.es/ - David Jimenez Infinito http://muycerca.net/ - Txema Salvans Nice to meet you http://www.txemasalvans.com/ - Oscar Molina Caja de Acuarelas http://www.oscarmolina.com/ - Federico Clavarino Ukraina Passport http://www.federicoclavarino.com/ - Camino Laguillo Inward http://caminolaguillo.com/ - Miguel Ángel Tornero The Random Series http://www.miguelangeltornero.net/ - Joan Fontcuberta Fauna, Holly inocence... http://www.fontcuberta.com/ - Cristobal Hara An imaginary Spainard, Auto... XXX - Eloy Gimeno Hellsinki http://www.eloigimeno.com/ - Rafael Arocha Aunque sea un instante http://rafaelarocha.com/ - Gerardo Custance Perímetro http://www.gerardocustance.com/ - Jon Cazenave Galerna http://www.joncazenave.com/ - Julia Montilla Ezkiozaleak http://www.juliamontilla.com/ - Inés García Cahiers Rouges http://www.inesgarciagomez.com/ - Maíra Soares Este Seu Olhar http://www.mairasoares.com/ - Miquel Llonch In the fields of gold http://www.miquelllonch.com/ - Iñaki Domingo Mi madre http://www.nophoto.org/ - Paco Gomez La felicidad http://www.nophoto.org/ - Juan Valbuena Noray http://www.nophoto.org/ - Luis Díaz Díaz A casa do Oscar http://www.luisdiazdiaz.com/ - Ignasi López Agroperifèrics http://www.ignasilopez.net/ - Julien Charlon Postales de Madrid http://studioparaiso.com/ - Camino Laguillo Inward http://www.caminolaguillo.es/ - Vicente Paredes Furtivos http://www.vicenteparedes.es/ - Nomads Xavier Ribas http://www.xavierribas.com/ - Lo inalcanzable Roger Gaus http://www.rogerguaus.com/ - Crisitna de Middel The afronauts http://www.lademiddel.com/ - Laia Abril Thinspiration http://www.laiaabril.com/ - Carlos Spottorno China Western http://www.spottorno.com/

# Fotoaplauso (Madrid) http://fotoaplauso.blogspot.com/ # Encontexto (Madrid) http://www.encontexto.org/ # Se muestra (Madrid) http://semuestra.net/ # El fantástico hombre número F (Madrid) http://elfantasticohombrenumerof.es/ # El invernadero & Others by Cienojos(Murcia) http://www.cienojos.org/ # El trapiche (Granada) http://www.eltrapiche.org/ # Photobook clubs (Madrid & Barcelona) XXX # El Fotómata (Sevilla) http://www.elfotomata.com/ # Las baladas del cíclope (Sevilla) http://www.elciclopemecanico.com/ # Cruze de miradas (Sevilla) http://crucedemiradas.com/ # Mestizo (Murcia) http://www.mestizo.org/ # Colección Cuarto oscuro (Zaragoza) http://puz.unizar.es/ # Estudio Mediadvanced (Gijón) http://www.mediadvanced.es/ # Festival alternativo de fotografía (Madrid) http://fotografiaalternativa-fea.blogspot.com/ # Tauladellum (Barcelona) http://tauladellum.blogspot.com/ # Dr. Nopo (Valencia) http://www.doctornopo.org/ # Al-Liquindoi (Barcelona, Workshops) http://www.al-liquindoi.com/ # Sgnal (Madrid) http://www.sgnalreview.com/ # Internet - 30y3 http://www.30y3.com/ - Have a nice book http://www.haveanicebook.com/ 
 - 10x15 http://www.10por15.net/ - Disparo magazine http://disparomagazine.wordpress.com/ - Zunder Collective (Magazine) http://www.zundercollective.com/ - Seeking magazine http://seekingmagazine.com/ - More than blog http://morethanblog.wordpress.com/ - White gloves are for dummies http://glovesfordummies.wordpress.com/ - 7.7 http://7punto7.net/ - El otro blog http://elotroblog.pedroarroyo.es/ - En bruto http://blogenbruto.blogspot.com.es/ - El sofá rojo http://losofasrojos.blogspot.com/ - El patio del diablo http://elpatiodeldiablo.blogspot.it/ - Kaleidoshope http://kaleidoshopecolectivo.blogspot.com/ - Cuatro cuerpos http://www.cuatrocuerpos.com/ - Ojos rojos http://www.revistaojosrojos.com/ # Not only about photography - Libros mutantes (Madrid) http://librosmutantes.com/ - Art libris (Barcelona) http://artslibris.cat/ - Galería Magdalena (Madrid) http://lagaleriademagdalena.wordpress.com/ - La pandemonio (Madrid) http://lapandemonio.com/ - Miscelanea (Barcelona) http://www.miscelanea.info/

ANNEXE 2: INICIATIVES

MIGUEL ÁNGEL TORNERO

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