Richard Learoyd (Nelson, United Kingdom, 1966) is one of the most well-known contemporary photographers working today. His work, a dialogue with both painting and early photography, plants its roots firmly in the past in terms of subject matter and technique. The themes reflect the classic genres of traditional painting: portraits, landscapes and still lifes. And the technique involves making positive prints inside the camera, an artisanal process enhanced by a camera obscura that the artist built himself.
There is no negative for the color photographs, so each one is a unique copy. Even if the photographer takes the picture again, it will never be exactly the same.
The exhibition, which covers the last ten years of his work, is organized by Fundación MAPFRE and includes 51 works from important public and private collections and the photographer’s own studio. The show also includes a landscape taken in Spain commissioned by Fundación MAPFRE and that has been added to the MAPFRE photography collection, which now has two works by the artist.
Curator: Sandra Phillips
Image: Richard Learoyd, Jasmijn towards the Light. Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco © Richard Learoyd, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Barbara de Braganza, 13
28004 Madrid, Spain