Each summer, Madrid becomes a major event for the world of visual arts and photography. With exhibitions in the main museums, halls and art galleries, as well as diverse activities related to the chosen theme each year, PHotoEspaña offers the possibility to discover the latest tendencies in photographic art as well as the latest projects by the most internationally renowned artists.
The past edition of the festival offered a panoramic view on the photographic medium in Europe. The festival’s artistic programme presented exhibitions which analysed the concept of Europe: what it is, what it has been or how the continent is shaping in social, geographic, political, economic or creative terms.
Last year’s programmed exhibitions included the work of the French photographer, Bernard Plossu, winner of the PHotoEspaña Award 2013, the Spanish photographer, Cristina de Middel, one of the leading artists on today’s national scene, or the interesting legacy on Francoism and the first years of democracy by Juana Biarnés.
PHotoEspaña offered the opportunity to rediscover authentic pioneers of images, such as Vivian Maier from North America, who was able to perfectly capture the atmosphere of Chicago and New York in the second half of the 20th century (Canal Foundation), and the British, Shirley Baker, another key figure in street photography in Europe, as well as Inge Morath, who stands out for her work in documentary photography.
The PHotoEspaña programme is divided into two sections: the Official Section and the Off Festival, and presents different awards to recognise the work of some of the participating artists.