DAVID FRUTOS. 10 Fundamental Photographers. On site. Architecture

DAVID FRUTOS. 10 Fundamental Photographers. On site. Architecture
Fundamentals METALOCUS
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Santa Bárbara auditorium, Martín Lejarraga architect, Cartagena, August 2009. Photograph © David Frutos
David Frutos, like many of the photographers we selected, didn't arrive at photography following a direct path. As he told us, he had just graduated in Information Sciences, he lived in a student flat in Madrid, and he had an interest in photography (but not professionally). There were other students in his flat who "became architects, then customers and then they wanted to publish..."

Dual work. I knew David Frutos' work and met him in person a few weeks ago. When we decided to select 10 photographers, we asked him to write a few words (just like our other guests) to define his own work. The text was so simple and direct it seemed as if one could hear him speak. I couldn't resist selecting some paragraphs.

"Overspecialization was necessary since it fulfilled several functions: a distinguishing character in contrast to other photographers, technical quality in order to achieve excellence as a photographer and eventually these same resources where the ones that offered you higher expressive possibilities on a compositional and aesthetic level the other teams. This is why I've always worked with large format cameras, at first 4x5 inches plates and later its equivalent in digital. Somehow you could see my business philosophy summarized as a compendium of the most traditional cloth and tripod photography with the highest technology with digital chassis and large image circle opticals."

His way of working is expressed quite well in that philosophy which he says that goes "from cloth and tripod to sophisticated technology." The itineraries that cover the opposite end...read more


David Frutos Ruiz was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 11-12-1973 and lives between Murcia and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He graduated in Information Sciences with a specialization in Visual and Auditory Image, Complutense University, Madrid, 1999.

He is primarily engaged in architecture photography and owns all the necessary equipment to meet technical ...read more


José Juan Barba (1964) graduated from ETSA Madrid in 1991. Special Mention in the National Finishing University Education Awards 1991. PhD in Architecture ETSAM, 2004. He founded his professional practice in Madrid in 1992 (www.josejuanbarba.com), he is architecture critic and editor-in–chief of METALOCUS m...read more