Archipiélago . Cristóbal Hara



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The language of photography, and in particular the language of photography with documentary ambition, is subject to multiple rules and conventions. Cristóbal Hara's work revolves around the search for alternatives to the conventions of his time. In Los ensayos banales, the essay format, more concise than that of a book, allows him to isolate and deal with different aspects of the photographer's profession, illustrating them with images, some known and others unpublished, taken during his more than forty years of work.

The banal essays are not designed for a wide public; they are not textbooks, they are a collection of specialized notebooks aimed at photographers, and they talk about photography through the images themselves.

Cristóbal Hara was born in Madrid in 1946. After spending his first years in the Philippines, Germany and the United States in 1980, he moved to Spain. In 1985 he definitively abandoned black and white to dedicate himself exclusively to colour, a change that represented a turning point in his search for his own language, with a clear influence of the Spanish pictorial and cultural tradition.

His photographs have appeared in magazines all over the world and he has also published several books, among which we can highlight: Vanitas, 4 cosas de España, Contranatura, Autobiography, An imaginary Spaniard, etc.

His work is present in collections of institutions such as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, The Art Institute of Chicago, Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and Victoria & Albert Museum in London, among others.

Archipelago / The banal trials 1

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Christopher Hara

24×17 cm. 32 pp. Paperback

ISBN: 978-84-617-2033-0

Archipelago is the first notebook in Cristóbal Hara's collection: The banal essays.

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