Open lectures


Open lectures

One premiere; three lectures. OBJECTIVE►BCN is organising open sessions with the Magnum Agency photographers Abbas and Cristina García Rodero, as well as with Navia, David Airob and Joan Guerrero. The cycle is curated by Samuel Aranda, photographer of The New York Times and winner of the 2012 World Press Photo award. The sessions form part of a documentary photography project organised by Barcelona’s Xarxa de Centres Cívics (Civic Centre Network). They will take place at the Barcelona Museu del Disseny, at 7.30 pm on 20 March Navia, 2 April Abbas, 29 and 30 May Cristina García Rodero and 19 June David Airob and Joan Guerrero.


Cycle of four open lectures: OBJECTIVE►BCN. Bravo, photograph the city!
Curator: Samuel Aranda
Organisation: Network of Civic Centres of Barcelona, with the collaboration of Barcelona Museu del Disseny
Place: Barcelona Museu del Disseny, Pl. de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38 (view map).
Admission free. Limited places.
Open lectures: 20 March Navia, 2 April Abbas, 29 and 30 May Cristina García Rodero and 19 June David Airob i Joan Guerrero
Time: 7.30 pm
Live broadcast: Follow us on streaming at and @CcivicsBCN with #ObjectiuBCN


Bravo, photograph the city! (And please don’t feel obliged to “shoot” street-photography so you can later publish a photobook…)
In the words of Navia: “More than anything, I want this gathering to be a stimulus, as well as a provocation. I’d like us to devote a little time to talking about photography. About something so simple and at the same time so complex – and above all, timeless – as is true photography. The kind that depends entirely on the photographer’s knowledge of his or her trade and, in particular, ability to look upon the world with intelligence and freedom (and upon himself or herself with honesty). Without forgetting, if possible, the maxim given us by Paul Strand: photography is never a shortcut”.


In his slideshow, Abbas shows images of his forty years’ coverage of conflicts throughout the world. From the war for Bangladesh in 1970 to Vietnam, apartheid in South Africa to the revolution in Iran and the various Middle Eastern wars, and ending with the present conflict between the Judeo-Christian civilisation and Islam, Abbas highlights the difference between a photographer of battles and one who covers a war: wars are not limited to battles; they are a complex phenomenon with political, social, cultural and psychological dimensions which are fascinating to observe.


A life narrated in the first person and in two consecutive parts
Cristina García Rodero will talk to us about her life and work, which can be summed up in her own words: “I try to photograph the mysterious, true and magical soul of popular Spain in all its passion, love, humour, tenderness, rage, pain – in all its truth; and the fullest and most intense moments in the lives of these characters as simple as they are irresistible, with all their inner strength, as a personal challenge that gives me strength and understanding and in which I invest all my heart.”


Presentation of this previously unpublished documentary by David Airob, exploring the life and work of Joan Guerrero (black-and-white, 55 min)
“Many years ago, more than a thousand, in my hometown of Tarifa, a child wanted to photograph the wind with a matchbox…” With these words, Joan Guerrero opens The Matchbox, a 55-minute-long black-and-white documentary presenting a conversation on life through which the photojournalist describes how he feels about existence, the profession, friendship and professional ethics. In this journey through time in which human values are fused with the essence of photography, space is also found for poetry and a wealth of stories that Guerrero has accumulated as he has travelled the thousand paths of his life.

Cover image: Disseny Hub Barcelona

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