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Barcelona’s Miró Foundation shows off the work of photographer Joaquim Gomis

Until June 3rd, the Joan Miró’s Foundation displays almost 200 photos that show Joaquim Gomis’ particular universe. Gomis innovated in the way of taking photos, which were more surrealist, and the places he photographed: cities, skyscrapers and industrial landscapes were his favorite subjects.

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07 May 2012 09:48 PM

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ACN / Anna Veciana / Laia Vicens

Barcelona (ACN).-  Joaquim Gomis was the first president of Barcelona\u2019s Miró Foundation, and pioneered the use of a new photographic language. Until June 3rd, the Joan Miró\u2019s Foundation displays almost 200 photos that show his particular universe. The first part of the exhibition, \u201CMirada obliqua\u201D (Oblique View), presents the innovative photographic production, even in the realization of the photos and the topic\u2019s selection. The second part, \u201CNarració visual\u201D (Visual Narration), shows the \u201Cphotoscops\u201D, images in a sequence order that are a mixed between the photo-reports and cinematic language. Viewers will discover the work of this Catalan photographer, who opted for an innovative way to see the world through his camera.


In the first part of the exhibition, some photos are shown that were taken between 1922 and 1939, when Joaquim Gomis started his trips to the most important art centers of Europe and the United States. He innovated in the way of taking photos, which were more surrealist, and the places he photographed: cities, skyscrapers and industrial landscapes were his favorite subjects.

The second part of the exhibition offers unpublished \u201Cphotoscops\u201D, a creative visual technique, like \u201CEucaliptus\u201D, \u201CBarcelona\u201D and female body photos. In this part, a selection of photos, demos, albums, photo cards, and \u201Cphotobooks\u201D, bring the public closer to the narrative conception that Joaquim Gomis used in the \u201Cphotoscops\u201D.

The exhibition curator, Juan Naranjo, explained that the \u201Cphotoscops\u201D synthesize photographic and journalistic language, because they are not based on a unique image, but on a series of images. Naranjo said that the work of Gomis was pioneered in Europe in 1992. Until 1997, any Spanish photographer had worked in the same way.

There are some activities that complement the exhibition, like \u201CMirades singulars\u201D, which explains how to use a digital camera, or \u201CLa capsa fotografia\u201D, to learn everything about pinhole photography. Moreover, the Foundation organizes five sightseeing visits complemented by different photographs.

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  • One of Joaquim Gomis' pictures (by J. Gomis / A. Veciana)

  • Joaquim Gomis' exhibition at the Fundació Miró (by A. Veciana)

  • One of Joaquim Gomis' pictures (by J. Gomis / A. Veciana)
  • Joaquim Gomis' exhibition at the Fundació Miró (by A. Veciana)