domingo, 19 de octubre de 2008

(en) Photographer Ortiz Echagüe. Vintage photography Spain, Burgos.

This magnificent vintage photography shows a view of Frías, a town in the province of Burgos, Spain.



The photographer Ortiz Echagüe is one of the greatest Spanish photographers of the XX century. His style was pictorialism, which had quite a few critics at the beginning because it represented the most unknown parts of Spain which didn't want to be shown. Nowadays his work has gain a lot of recognition being one of the most important Spanish photographer abroad.

This picture is mounted on the standard cardboard of the photos that belong to the "Dirección General de Turismo" (Spanish General Deparment of Turism). There we can read that we are in front of a vintage picture of Frías, and that the photographer is Ortiz Echague. It is also written that, in case the picture is reproduced, do not mention his name as the author.

The photographer Catalá Roca had also pictures belonging to the Dirección General de Turismo archive which demostrates that this archive has pictures of the most important Spanish photographers.

All vintage pictures of the Dirección General de Turismo are in the archives of the Administración General del Estado in Alcalá de Henares.

For more information on Ortiz Echagüe vintage images
http://www.unav.es/fff/paginasinternas/ortizechague/default.html


More in Spanish links
  • Véase sobre el archivo de José Ortiz Echagüe
Legado Ortiz Echagüe Universidad de Navarra
.....Su legado consta de cerca de 1.500 positivos originales, más de 28.000 negativos, interpositivos, contratipos, además de equipos fotográficos y material diverso. Completa el legado una biblioteca especializada, documentación y su colección personal de fotografías de otros autores.
En este link se puede ver un gran numero de fotos de sus mas famosas series como:España, tipos y trajes, España, pueblos y paisajes, España mística y España, castillos y alcázares, a las que hay que añadir las series del Norte de África y de retratos familiares................
His legacy consists of nearly 1,500 original positive, more than 28,000 negatives, interpositives, dupes, as well as photographic equipment and other material. Complete legacy a specialized library, documentation and personal collection of photographs of other authors.

In this link
you can see a large number of photos of his most famous series like Spain, types and costumes, Spain, villages and landscapes, mystic Spain and Spain, castles and palaces, which must be added the series of North Africa and family portraits

.....Aspiraba a captar y preservar el carácter español, lo que le llevó a recorrer miles de kilómetros para captar imágenes de España y así retratar de forma muy personal a los habitantes de los pueblos y sus costumbres. Todo esto lo llevó a cabo con gran sensibilidad y con un estilo depurado y muy académico. ...
........En general, este artista destaca más que por su habilidad artística por su capacidad conceptualizadora y su enfoque sistemático. Nada en su obra es inocente o dejado al azar, cada pieza cumple una función precisa...........
He wanted to capture the sapanish character.. and preserve it, which led him to travel thousands of miles to capture images of Spain and so very personal portrait of the villagers and their customs. All this was carried out with great sensitivity and with a refined style and very academic. ...

........ Overall, this artist stands out more than his artistry for its ability conceptualizing and systematic approach. Nothing in his work is innocent or left to chance, each piece performs a specific function ...........

Gran parte de estas imágenes quedaron recogidas en varios libros, como Tipos y Trajes (1930), España, Pueblos y Paisajes (1939), España Mística (1943) y España, Castillos y Alcázares (1956)

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