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Ramón Masats. Visit Spain

Chema Conesa

Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte, Promoción del Arte & PHotoESPAÑA
Tabacalera. Promoción del Arte - La Principal — Calle Embajadores, 51, 28012, Madrid  

  • Lun / Mon: Cerrado / Close
    Mar-Vie / Tue-Fri: 12.00 - 20.00 h.
    Sáb-Dom / Sat-San: 11.00 - 20.00 h.

Gratis / Free

During the years of the dictatorship, nobody spoke about politics, or virtually anything really. Words turned into whispers; conversations were stripped-down, discreet, immediate. The way the imagination soared at the time was through photographs, which truly seemed to reflect the outside world that was off-limits. At that time, photography was the ideal vehicle for learning about the world, and all the beauty depicted in photographs focused on glorifying the national heritage: cathedrals and palaces, cloisters and towers. The political power of immovable stone. In the second half of the 1950s and throughout the 1960s, a spirit of openness blossomed in Spain, unleashed by the pressing need to emerge from the isolation of the Franco dictatorship. Tourism was the best way to do this, thanks to the direct injection of capital and the influence of the liberal customs of the Europeans who visited us. That was the era when Masats toured Spain, aware that the country was transforming forever and that capturing this transformation was both a challenge and an opportunity for photography. His journey around Spain at that time accounts for the bulk of his black-and-white pictures. They were taken between 1955 and 1965, until he ultimately left photography to work as a film and TV director.

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