COSTA BRAVA SHOW. One of the best-known series by Xavier Miserachs, at La Fabrica

Costa Brava Show by Xavier Miserachs. Image courtesy of La Fabrica
02/05/2018
COSTA BRAVA SHOW. One of the best-known series by Xavier Miserachs, at La Fabrica
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Costa Brava Show by Xavier Miserachs. Image courtesy of La Fabrica
A selection of black and white images that document, from the particular sense of humor of the author, Franco's Spain of the 60s with the changes that the incipient consumption and mass tourism created in society
Xavier Miserachs was together with Ricard Terré and Ramón Masast, one of the main transformers of Spanish documentary photography of the time.
 
The series was the result of more than eight years of work in which Miserachs toured the Costa Brava photographing domestic and foreign tourists, local customs and the summer atmosphere of the well-known maritime enclave.

Xavier Miserachs (Barcelona 1937–1998) abandoned his medical studies to devote himself fully to photography, after coming into contact with the work of authors such as William Klien.

He began his career as "illustrating photographer", which was: "the term with which they referred in Paris to those who practiced their profession, and since then at no time stopped making photography", as explained by his friend Oriol Maspons in the prologue of the volume of the PHotoBolsillo collection (La Fábrica, 2017) dedicated to the author.

It was with Oriol Maspons with whom Miserachs made his first photographs on the Costa Brava, when he was still studying medicine.
 
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Xavier Miserachs was together with Ricard Terré and Ramón Masast, one of the main transformers of Spanish documentary photography of the time.
 
The series was the result of more than eight years of work in which Miserachs toured the Costa Brava photographing domestic and foreign tourists, local customs and the summer atmosphere of the well-known maritime enclave.

Xavier Miserachs (Barcelona 1937–1998) abandoned his medical studies to devote himself fully to photography, after coming into contact with the work of authors such as William Klien.

He began his career as "illustrating photographer", which was: "the term with which they referred in Paris to those who practiced their profession, and since then at no time stopped making photography", as explained by his friend Oriol Maspons in the prologue of the volume of the PHotoBolsillo collection (La Fábrica, 2017) dedicated to the author.

It was with Oriol Maspons with whom Miserachs made his first photographs on the Costa Brava, when he was still studying medicine.
 
"Xavier and I used as background for our photos the tormented rocks of the coast, which contrasted with the bright Flamminaire lighters, the products of the Puig perfumery or the girls that we took to make some photos that, in that desolate landscape, remained artistic," says Oriol Maspons.

On April 26, La Fábrica hosts an exhibition with some of the most representative images of this time and that were gathered in the Costa Brava Show photobook, one of the most important of its production.

This exhibition has a score of black and white images from this series, including photographs of the Costa Brava's landscapes, traditional images of families enjoying the beach, fishermen, people from the countryside and the incipient urban development that would end for invading and completely transforming the aspect of "paradises" like Ibiza, Tossa de Mar, Cadaqués and Calongue.
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Miserachs

Xavier Miserachs. (Barcelona, 1937-1998) abandoned medical school to work as a photographer. In 1961 he set up his own studio and started undertaking professional projects, for which he started to be recognised. He was a correspondent, co-directed two films and co-founded the photography school EINA. He worked for magazines such as Actualidad Española, Bazaar and Triunfo, and he also ma...read more