Ferran Freixa

Barcelona, 1950 - Sant Vicenç de Montalt, 2021

The photographic career of Ferran Freixa i Pintó, known for having immortalized the Liceu de Barcelona battered by flames, began in 1973, after receiving training as a draftsman and painter. Already at the end of this decade, he directed his camera towards what would be his main subject of interest, architecture and interior spaces. Thus, his work, which can be characterized as a “subjective documentary” and creative, is made up of several series that formally explore both the effects of the passage of time on ruined buildings (the photographs of Tarraco, Rome or Florence from the 1990s, or the record of old abandoned textile colonies, from 2000), as the fragile frozen instant that remains waiting for the reestablishment of human activity (such as the works on the Barcelona storefronts, as well as the images that capture neat tablecloths, tableware and restaurant napkins). It is also worth mentioning his more experimental projects, where added elements are used to reinforce the content represented, such as the wrinkled plastic that acts as a filter for the objective, simulating the ebb and flow of the sea, in the series about the port of Barcelona; or the inclusion of the structure of a vehicle in the snapshots he takes during his walks through the Eixample.