During 2008's Summer, PHotoEspaña exhibitions were held in Madrid. I went to see three of them in a weekend:
- Bill Brandt
- Maier-Aichen Florian
- Eugene Smith
The exhibition by the photographer Bill Brandt was held in the BBVA space. There we could see photographs of the Industrialized England in the 1930's-40's. I liked most of the photos, however many of them where current prints of the original negatives. It would have been more interesting if we could see the original print.
The second exhibition, by the photographer Maier-Aichen Florian was a small exhibition inside the Reina Sofía Museum. This is a German photographer known because of his huge pictures of California. The pictures were manipulated and the most extraordinary thing was the size of each picture. How would they look like at a 24x18 cm size? Nothing espectacular. Size doesn't make quality.
The third exhibition, by the photographer Eugene Smith, was held in the Colón Square space. This was the exhibition with more spectators in it. In fact, it received the "audience prize".
In his photos he tries to show the subject his is living (some times dramatic like the Minamata Bay disaster). Photoperiodism is getting more valued nowadays and we are starting to see this now. In some photos we see how the photographer is considered part of a family as people let them come into their houses to take pictures of his life.
Finallly, highlight the humanity of the pictures by Eugene Smith.