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US photographer gets retrospective in Madrid

US photographer Anthony Hernandez is the focus of a new exhibition opening at the Fundación MAPFRE Bárbara de Braganza venue in Madrid on 31 January.

Under the title ‘A confusing gaze‘, the solo show is the first retrospective on the work of Hernandez in Spain.

For over 45 years, the photographer has been capturing different aspects of life in his home city of Los Angeles, covering social issues including homelessness and poverty as well as the unique beauty of the California metropolis.

Anthony Hernandez / Rodeo Drive #3
‘Rodeo Drive #3’, 1984. Printed 2014; dye destruction print. (Courtesy the artist, Anthony Hernandez)

Self-taught, Hernandez was born to Mexican immigrants in 1947 and his early images focused on street photography.

He quickly developed new techniques and approaches when it came to his work.

For many years he worked with black and white film, switching to colour in 1984, and also moved from mainly photographing people to highlighting the details of life in a more abstract style.

He’s particularly renowned for the way his images help audiences to see familiar places and people with a fresh eye.

Hernandez remains active, continuing to work in Los Angeles as well as Idaho.

This show is organised by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Fundación MAPFRE.

When: 31 January – 12 May

Where: Sala Fundación MAPFRE Bárbara de Braganza, Bárbara de Braganza 13

More info: fundacionamapfre.org

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