The acclaimed Polish photo journalist Ryszard Kapuściński spent two years (1989-1991) travelling around the former Soviet Union, documenting its people and landscapes. He planned to organise an exhibition of his photographs, and carefully selected and stored a number of them in brown envelopes, where they remained for nearly ten years until they were found in his private archive. (after his death?)
El Ocaso del Imperio is a collection of some of these photographs. It was first shown in the Galería Nacional de Arte Zacheta in Warsaw in 2010 and comprised of 50 of the many hundreds of photographs that Kapuściński had taken on his journey. These 50 images were selected by one of Poland's top graphic editors, Izabela Wojciechowska, who was in charge of managing Ryszard Kapuściński's photographic legacy. She also incorporated some photographs taken by the photographer on a 1979 journey to his native Pinsk, bringing a very personal dimension to the show.
After Warsaw, the exhibition visited Lublin and Wroclaw, although a smaller version also travelled around Poland. It is this reduced version—36 of the 50 photographs—that will be on show in Barcelona. The photographs are landscapes of houses and cemeteries, completed with portraits of people he met on his travels, and they illustrate Kapuściński's extraordinary talent for documenting reality and the artistic quality of his work.