MNAC opens a window to the past with this major retrospective exhibition of the work of local photographer, Joan Colom (b. 1921). Renowned for his portraits of Barcelona’s underworld and working class, Colom’s chief subject matter is street life, which he has artfully committed to film for over 50 years. Shooting from the hip, Colom surreptitiously captured fleeting moments, emotional insights and curious characters, allowing us to peer through his lens into another time. This exhibition reviews the complete works of this key post-war figure, with images selected from MNAC’s extensive collection, donated by Colom himself.
From the red lights of the Raval to the shanty town of Somorrostro, the Barcelona of Colom depicts the same familiar streets, whilst serving as a powerful historical testimony to the urban transformation of the city.