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Liquen sobre roca (Lichen on Rock )

Ton Sirera i Gené
1959
Framed black and white photograph

Ton Sirera i Gené

1959

Framed black and white photograph

Ton Sirera (Barcelona, 1911 – Lleida, 1975) was a very talented and versatile artist whose interests spanned photography, cinema, painting and drawing. He is recognised as one of the few Spanish photographers who, in addition to having a wide-ranging career as a photojournalist, also contributed decisively to the presence of abstract experimental photography in our country.

There were two branches to his first more experimental works, on one hand, his aerial photographs, which captured the abstraction he discerned in the lie of the land, and on the other, in complete contrast, his close-up photography of such natural phenomena as tree bark and lichens. These photographs, carefully selected and amplified, the product of his objective viewpoint, became abstract compositions that melded perfectly into the Catalan Informalist tradition, increasingly popular at the time.

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