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Room 413 AFAL Photographic Group (1956-1963)

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The Reina Sofia Museum presents, in rooms 413 and 415 of the collection, the collective exhibition Humanism and Subjectivity in 1950s and 1960s Spanish Photography. The Afal Case.

The exhibition, organized in the framework of PHotoEspaña 2016 and curated by Laura Terré Alonso, brings together a collection of works and documents that portray the photographic panorama of the 50s and 60s in Spain, with special attention to materials related to Afal. Afal was one of the most significant photography collectives in Spain in the twentieth century. Its existence revolved around the magazine of the same name. Devoted to photography and the cinema, Afal was published from 1956 until 1963, kept afloat by subscriptions, a little advertising and, above all, the selfless commitment of its founders José María Artero García (Almería, 1928-1991) and Carlos Pérez Siquier (Almería, 1930), the directors, editors, and promoters of the magazine. Afal’s independent outlook and the freshness of its tone quickly attracted photographers eager for new challenges from all over Spain, thanks to whom the magazine became the driving force in the post-war revitalization of Spanish photography.

Among this material are works of authors like Jose Maria Artero, Leonardo Cantero, Joan Colom, Gabriel Cualladó, Francisco Gómez, Gonzalo Juanes, Ramon Masats, Oriol Maspons, Xavier Miserachs, Francisco Ontañón, Carlos Pérez Siquier, Alberto Schommer or Ricard Terré.