PHotoEspaña, International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts, set out to become a Festival generated by popular demand in 1998, and today it has earned its place as one of the most relevant visual arts events in the world. PHotoEspaña is one of the central international forums for photography. Each year the Festival attracts more than six hundred thousand people and receives acclaim from prestigious critics, making it the most popular cultural event in Spain. The Festival is an exceptional occasion for discovering images, videos and installations created by outstanding national and international photographers and visual artists.
© Carlos Leon
© Carlos Leon
© Pedro Meyer
Since the first edition of the Festival, more than 900 exhibitions have been hosted in the city’s main museums, art centres and galleries. The shows are complemented by pedagogic and professional programs designed for diverse audiences. PHotoEspaña 2015, the 18th edition of the International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts, will take place from June 3 to August 30, 2015. The 18th edition of PHotoEspaña, the International Photography and Visual Arts Festival, will be dedicated in its entirety to Latin American photography, in line with the approach initiated in 2014 of focusing on a specific geographic region.
The festival will be a platform exploring the confluences, connections and disjunctions of photography in the region. It will examine Latin American photography’s evolution and complexity, from its origins until the present, assessing contrasting visions, as well as thematic and contextualizing approaches, and featuring both recognized photographers and representatives of recent generations.
The exhibitions will include individual shows by established photographers who haven’t received the exposure due them in our country, such as Mario Cravo Neto, one of the most acclaimed names in Brazilian photography and culture. PHotoEspaña will present the first large retrospective in Europe of his work since his death in 2009. For the first time, this show will feature both his black-and-white and color work, allowing us to discover a new Cravo Neto.
In some cases, the festival’s approach to Latin American photography will come through a selection from some of the most important international collections, with special emphasis on current and emerging photography in the region, permitting the inclusion of an ample spectrum of artists.
© Mario Cravo Neto
© Ana Casas Broda
© Tina Modotti
© Nadav Kander
© Manuel Carrillo