Cristóbal Hara: Spanish Colour 1985-2020

“Perhaps the two main factors that allowed me to definitely cross over to colour, in 1985, were the realization that I could find guidance in the great tradition of Spanish painting, and the decision to have the entire image in focus; the latter forced me to use a shorter focal length (28mm) than I normally used and it made it necessary to widen the field of vision on which I was working. I no longer reacted to a situation that was in front of me, but rather to the visual rhythms of a situation in which I was immersed. So easy, and yet so complicated.

I had been working for 17 years in black and white when I started working exclusively in colour. I was then 39 years old. Suddenly I felt very comfortable, liberated and euphoric. The colours dazzled and overwhelmed me, they reacted with each other, everything vibrated and I felt enveloped by colour and its possibilities. The intensity of this first experience progressively declined but I regained the enthusiasm and dedication that I had almost lost after so many years of frustration.” (Cristóbal Hara in Spanish Colour 1985-2020).

About the Author

Cristóbal Hara was born to a German mother in Madrid in 1946 and grew up in the Philippines, the USA, Germany and Spain. He studied law and business administration in Madrid, Hamburg and Munich before deciding in 1969 to become a photographer.

A portrait of Cristóbal Hara

After a few years in London (and a 1974 exhibition in the Victoria & Albert Museum), he moved to Spain in 1980. His photographs have appeared in magazines such as Creative Camera, Aperture and Du and in Spanish magazines and newspapers such as El País. Until 1985, he worked exclusively in black and white and since then, only in color. Cristóbal Hara has published several photography books. He lives in a small village near Cuenca.

Hardcover: 168 pages, 150 images
Publisher: Plague Press (2021)
Language: English
Size: 10.62 x 10.07 inches
Weight: 2.89 pounds
ISBN-10: 8417975748
ISBN-13: 978-8417975746

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