MADRID - BLANCA BERLIN GALLERY PRESENTS “EVERYTHING I DREAM OR LOSE. MASTERS OF VINTAGE (1903-1991)”
An exhibition of more than fifty vintage, or printed at the time, photographs by ten of the most renowned Spanish photographers.
“Everything I dream or lose,
That soon falls or dies in me,
Is like a terrace that looks
Towards something else beyond.”
Todo cuanto sueño o pierdo. Maestros del vintage (1903 –1991) (Everything I dream or lose. Masters of vintage (1903-1991)) is a group show that brings together ten of the 20th century most recognized Spanish historical photographers: Ortiz Echagüe (1886-1980), Bartolomé Ros (1906-1974), Nicolás Muller (1913-2000), Gabriel Cualladó (1925-2003), Eugeni Forcano (1926-2018), Oriol Maspons (1928-2013), Ricard Terré (1928-2009), Carlos Pérez Siquier (1930), Ramón Masats (1931) and Toni Catany (1942-2013 ).
Gathering such a remarkable group of photographers is a complex task within the reach of only a few private galleries, but it is no less exceptional to find vintage or antique copies of each of them. In some cases, they are unpretentious prints whose initial purpose was not that of being exhibited, but which have now become objects of desire for photo collectors across the globe. Vintage photography is very appreciated in the art world.
For those who are not familiar with the meaning of the term, “vintage” is a copy printed (or whose print has been approved by the photographer himself) only a few years after the shooting of the negative. Some experts set this period at five years, while others extend it to eight. However, when it comes to old copies whose printing date was undetermined, sometimes, the term vintage can also be applied.
The photographic processes used in the exhibited images are diverse: direct carbon printing (Fresson), silver gelatin, cibachrome print, false calotype... Each of these vintage copies is a sort of a jewel, sometimes enriched by the author's signature, annotations and stamps on the back, dedications, original mounting ... It may seem that the physical deterioration would devalue the copy, but if a print presents conditions such as scarcity or rubric, its value increases drastically in the eyes of the connoisseur collector.
There is a diverse set of themes, although the selection of the fifty exhibited photographs shows the historical and daily dimension of Spain in the twentieth century. Blanca Berlín Gallery has gathered a lineage of innovative photographers with a great capacity for visual reflection, photographic talent, and a suggestive way of showing to the world an era already extinct, kept forever in the collective memory by the evocative power of the image.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
Located in the heart of Madrid, Blanca Berlin maintains a generous selection of photographs, promoting and presenting both established and emerging international artists to the art market in Spain and abroad. Additionally, the gallery has a wide selection of images which may be viewed in the many changing exhibitions programmed annually, as well as on the gallery’s website. The gallery, open since 2007 and directed by Blanca Berlín, also takes part in main international art fairs.
Galería Blanca Berlín
Limón, 28. 28015 Madrid, Spain
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* Cover photo:
S/T Nº30 Somniar deus (TCA00107.003)
Negativo sobre papel. Positivo baritado virado al selenio obtenido por contacto. Vintage (marzo 1991). Firmada, datada, titulada e inscripciones en reverso. / Negative on paper. Selenium toned printedbaryta paper by contact. Vintage (March 1991). Signed, dated, titled and inscribed on verso