I was lucky enough to catch the “Beauty of Lines” exhibition at Fundacio Foto Colectnia towards the end of last year just before it finished.
The show is curated from the private collection of Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzales-Falia, which is based in New York and includes over 1500 original prints by some of the worlds photography greats from the 20th and 21st Centuries.
This exhibition showcases the work of Rineke Dijkstra, Man Ray, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson and many more. It is a very rich and sumptuous collection which explores several types of line – Straight Lines (from the controlled to the spontaneous line), Curved Lines (The essence of bodies and of the line) and Abstractions (The line in it’s purest form).
I studied Photography at University, and this exhibition features many of the photographers that I first learned about there. This was a very pleasant surprise, to see the work of Sugimoto and Dijkstra in the flesh was a truly inspirational experience.
The first section of the exhibition was “Straight Lines” which included works from Berenice Abbott, Lewis Hine and others.
“Perfectly vertical and parallel lines draw the attention of many photographers whose aim is to document reality.”
Whilst moving through the exhibition you can’t help but notice that the space itself feels like it is a part of the exhibition, with solid lines from exhibition walls, benches and columns of the building providing a linear space for these works to inhabit.
The second section of the exhibition I explored was “Abstractions” here we see the work of Ilse Bing, Aaron Siskind, Hiroshi Sugimoto and others.
“Attempting to see lines essentially means perceiving an abstraction of the reality immortalised by the image.”
Then onto “Curves” this section of the exhibition featured simply beautiful images by Leon Levinstein, Candida Hofer, Edward Weston and more.
“In front of their lenses, the curves offered by nature, by flowers, and by the human body became a means of demonstrating that photography was very much equal to drawing.”
Overall, this exhibition was fascinating, engaging and a true showcase of some of the most prolific photographers of the 20th and 21st Century. I’m extremely glad that I saw it before it ended.