Exhibition: Maremágnum Photography
This exhibit was curated by Spanish photojournalist Jordi Socias, (Barcelona, 1945). Socias is one of the key names in the evolution of Spanish photojournalism in the last decades. His style moves away from the objectivity deemed inherent in photography, and becomes aware of its own subjective representation. The most important figures and events of the country's modern history have posed for him, and together form a fascinating narrative of life since the 1970's, when he started his career, until now. Jordi Socías, self-taught, began his photography career by chance. After co-founding the API news agency (Agencia Popular Informativa) -which distributed the news that the Franco regime censored- he worked for Cambio 16 (Change 16) magazine, and subsequently for other well-known national journals, some of them no longer available. As he was not satisfied with the way in which his photographs were being published, Socías started working as a publisher and became a reference in the profession. He headed the graphic edition of Spain's most important newspaper El País Semanal. From his point of view, and pushing his deep political commitment beyond his profession, published images and texts construct together a tale that must engage the reader. His portraits include Salvador Dalí, Jorge Luis Borges, Graham Greene, John Le Carre, Pedro Almodóvar, Francis Ford Coppola and Penelope Cruz.
The seventy images that make up the exhibition Maremágnum are representative of his career and illustrate the intensity of a life devoted to photography and graphic publishing.