Richard Learoyd at the Sala Fundación Mapfre

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Fundación MAPFRE. Casa Garriga Nogués. 250 Diputació St. Barcelona, Spain.
From June 5 to September 8, 2019
Opening hours
Mon.- 14.00-20.00 h Tues - Sat.- 10.00-20.00 h Sun and holidays.- 11.00-19.00 h.
Admission.- 3 € Free admission on Mondays (non-holidays).- 14.00-20.00 h.
Guided tours Mon - Thurs.- 17.30 h (Catalan) y 18.30 h (Spanish) Price.- 5 €. Audioguides.- Catalan/Spanish/English. Price.- 3,50 €.

Richard Learoyd

Richard Learoyd.- His color images are made with one of the most antiquarian of photographic processes: the camera obscura. Literally translated from Latin as “dark room,” Learoyd has created a room-sized camera in which the photographic paper is exposed. The subject—often a person, sometimes a still life—is in the adjacent room, separated by a lens. Light falling on the subject is directly focused onto the photographic paper without an interposing film negative. The result is an entirely grainless image. The overall sense of these images redefines the photographic illusion. Learoyd’s subjects, composed simply and directly, are described with the thinnest plane of focus, re-creating and exaggerating the way that the human eye perceives, and not without a small acknowledgement to Dutch Master painting.

In 2015, Aperture released Richard Learoyd: Day for Night, a comprehensive book of color portraits and studio work, and concurrently, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London mounted a his first solo museum exhibition, Dark Mirror. In 2016, the J. Paul Getty Museum opened a solo exhibition of his large-scale portrait and still-life photographs, which then traveled to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. In 2019, a survey exhibition will open at Fundación MAPFRE in Spain.

Learoyd’s work is included in the collections of The Getty, Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum, Centre Pompidou, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum, National Gallery of Canada, and Yale University Art Gallery, among others.



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