21/10/2018.- This afternnon, in the Section DOC. España in the Broadway cinema the documentary directed by Felipe Vega, Azul Siquier, was screened. The presentation has been attended by the documentary’s narrator, Manuel Vega, the producers, Belén Bernuy and Gloria Bretones and, of course, the director himself.
The story revolves around how the work by the photographer Carlos Pérez Siquier developed. When he first started, he took pictures of a neighbourhood in Almería: La Chanca, which he tried to depict with dignity, beauty and poverty in equal measure. As time passed he switched to a style focussing more on objects and chance. Little by little he evolved and colour became a vital and prominent aspect of his photography.
In the documentary there is a mix of pictures of La Chanca and photos taken by Carlos in the 70s while the spectator hears quotes and observations through the voice of the narrator. “The quotes are important to qualify and explain what the work of this photographer was really like,” stated the director from León. The photographer himself also appears explaining some of his work.
Carlos Pérez Siquier “is a really good photographer”, assured Felipe Vega. Moreover, there is a detail that the artist himself won’t mention because “he is very modest”: he was featured in an exhibition at the Hasted Hunt Gallery in New York in 2007. This event was made possible by the director of the Magnum agency, regarded as the most powerful in the history of photography.
Martin Parr, the director of this agency, saw a few of his pictures and said “this man is doing the same thing I do, only 40 years ago” and decided the exhibition should be called Color before color. Carlos has two sides; on the one hand, social photography in black and white; on the other hand, colour photography really matches pop art. “He is 88 years old but he is still an incredibly modern man when it comes to his photography”, said Felipe about the natural from Almería.
He also stated he “always takes colour into account and works towards perfecting it.” Almería has hues that cannot be found elsewhere. This is why Carlos did not feel the need to leave the city; he had all the light he wanted there. Another important aspect in the photographer’s work was chance.
The director also mentioned an exhibition at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (The Queen Sofía Museum) that shows photography works from the AFAL group, which includes Carlos Pérez Siquier, and highlighted that “photography is broad, but in Spain it is not valued very highly.”