Madrid photo festival focuses on 'everyday life'
The 12th edition of Spain’s PHotoEspana is devoted to daily life works and will run till 26 July.Madrid – Spain's international photography festival PHotoEspana opened in Madrid Wednesday with 74 exhibitions at 64 sites throughout the city on the theme of "The Everyday."
PHotoEspana has become one of the largest photography exhibitions in the world, and last year received 660,000 visitors.
This year's 12th edition, which runs until 26 July, includes a retrospective of the work of American Dorothea Lange, focusing on the period 1932 to 1944, which covers the Depression era for which she is best known.
Other exhibitions focus on American Annie Leibovitz entitled Life of a photographer 1990-2005, and Ukrainian Sergei Bratkov and his images of the Soviet empire in decline.
Another is devoted to daily life in the 1970s and includes beautiful and intriguing street photographs by Czech Viktor Kolar as well as works by American William Eggleston.
"In the work of contemporary photographers, daily life represents a strong theme. In this period of (economic) crisis, it is perhaps a return to essential, basic things," said PHotoEspana's director, France's Claude Bussac.
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