Jorge Ribalta (Barcelona 1963), photographer, cultural activist and art critic, presents this photographic exhibition at Ángels Barcelona. The title of the exhibition, 1888, refers to the year of both the Universal Exhibition in Barcelona and the birth of the Kodak. The Universal Exhibition symbolised the climax of the urban modernisation processes that had been happening throughout the second half of the 19th century, and the invention of the Kodak allowed for a wider distribution of less-expensive cameras. Until that moment cameras had been the reserve of artists and the elite, so in this way photography, and therefore the representation of the city, started its journey of democratisation, which continues today with the widespread distribution of images on the internet. This project explores the notion that the city and photography are inseparable from the ideas of modernisation and the modern age.
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