This exhibition has a wide selection of black and white portraits of men and women of Spanish culture taken by the photographer
National Photography Award 2013 and Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts 2009, Schommer has one of his greatest specialties in portraiture
The exhibition has almost eighty portraits, all of them of protagonists of the world of the arts in different stages, with special emphasis on the late 70s of the XNUMXth century, a fundamental moment in the history of Spain.
The Cerralbo Museum participates in the XXIII edition of PHotoESPAÑA with the exhibition Contemporáneos, by Alberto Schommer, a complete exhibition of one of the great authors of Spanish photography.
The exhibition, which can be visited until January 10, 2021, has almost 80 portraits of people from the world of culture.
Contemporaries brings together portraits of Chillida, Saura, Cela, Francisco Ayala, Juana Mordó, Caro Baroja, Berlanga, Vicente Aleixandre, Rafael Alberti, Ainhoa Arteta, Nacho Duato, Sara Baras, Antonio Gala, José Hierro, Fernando Arrabal, Camarón, Manuela Vargas, Mingote, Miquel Barceló… Great of the culture whose psychology Alberto Schommer knows how to capture through the portrait, which he approaches in a way that is totally removed from the traditional, according to the curator of the exhibition, Ana Berruguete. "Schommer approaches the character in his nudity and sincerity, surrounding him with careful scenography," he points out.
The photographs are grouped into four series:
1. Psychological portraits (1969-1973), commissioned at the beginning of the 70s of the last century by the newspaper ABC, and published in 1975 in a book, with a dose of suggested irony and surrealism that were forced by the censorship of the time .
2. Attitudes (1988-1989). Already in a democracy, without the need for double language, Schommer can discover the psychology of the portrayed seamlessly, through posture, gesture and light.
3. Masks (1984-1985). The characters are shown through a mask. This series was exhibited in 2014 at the Prado Museum within the PHE festival, in dialogue with paintings by great masters.
4. Portraits year 2000. Series published in the newspaper El País in which the expressive force of intellectuals stands out through frontal portraits.
About Alberto Schommer
Alberto Schommer was born in 1928 in Vitoria. After a few beginnings dedicated to painting, he focused on photography. In 1952 he traveled to Hamburg to study photography and from there he traveled to other European cities. In 1958 he became involved with AFAL, a group of Spanish photographers that began a process of photographic renewal in the middle of the 1965th century. That same year he moved to Paris to work as a photographer for Balenciaga. At the beginning of the sixties, again in Spain, he dedicated himself to industrial photography for the builder Juan Huarte, also patron of artists such as Chillida, Oteiza or Balerdi. During this decade, he established himself as a photography professional and opened a studio in Madrid (1966), where he developed a large part of his activity in advertising photography. In XNUMX he was a founding member of the Orain group of artists from Alava.
At the beginning of the 70s, he worked for ABC and El País and was the official photographer for King Juan Carlos. During the eighties its international projection intensified. In 1990, Patrimonio Nacional entrusted him with Absences, a personal vision of the different palaces and monasteries. From this moment on, he put aside the studio's activity and turned to documentary projects in different cities in the form of a book. In 1991 he exhibited at Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie de Arles (France) and at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.
In 1996 he was appointed Member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. In 2009 the Ministry of Culture awarded him the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts and in 2013 the National Photography Award. In 2014, within the PHotoESPAÑA festival, he exhibited his Masks series at the Museo Nacional del Prado. He died in September 2015. His latest work had been published just a few months before in El País.