Everything seems to come with a built-in camera these days. Laptops, smartphones, ipads, watches, glasses, and even contact lenses. But in a day and age when everyone can be a photographer, will today’s photography really explain our society in a few decades time?
‘Objective BCN. We portray the city’ is a documentary photography project that addresses this issue and aims to create an ‘urban memory’ of our society today. From February to June 2014, nearly 200 budding photographers took part in the project in 12 civic centres across the city. Led by award-winning photographer, Samuel Aranda, participants attended a series of workshops and lectures that featured an impressive line-up of artists from across the globe, who guided them in capturing the city’s 10 districts through the lens. The challenge: to narrate everyday stories and build up a visual time capsule for future generations, who may one day ask what life in Barcelona was like in 2014.
The end result is an orderly chaos of ideas that bring many ‘voices’ together to create a visual portrait of Barcelona. Comprising over 100 images; the familiar and the surprising, the joyful and the melancholic, the decadent and the grandiose, and a nod to the international; in short, the city in a nutshell.
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