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11 January 2019

“Take the Book to the Wall”, talk by Alejandro Castellote

  • 24 January, 6 pm
  • EINA (Classroom E1), Barcelona
  • Open to the public

“Take the Book to the Wall” is a talk that is open to the general public by Alejandro Castellote, which will be given as part of the EINA Postgraduate Diploma in Photography and Editorial Design.

There are a great many projects that are conceived to take shape in the pages of a book, but the possibility – or the temptation – often arises of displaying the photographs in an exhibition room. This change of format requires consideration of the contents from another point of view: it isn’t enough to export a sequence onto the wall as the viewer’s perception does not work in the same way it does through the pages of a book. The size of the photographs, the type of paper, the frames or the absence of frames, and above all, the relationship with the space – the three-dimensional nature – are essential elements in creating a specific formalization.

To this effect, the talk will analyse examples of exhibitions based on books and of books based on exhibitions. And, of course, participants will be able to see some copies live. We will see how a solo exhibition is prepared, and a themed exhibition, which was part of a Triennial, where the sequence of the creators and the spatial location became the protagonists.

Alejandro Castellote (Madrid, 1959), a photography curator since 1982, has curated a great many national and international festivals and exhibitions: PHotoEspaña International Photography Exhibition Padiglione Italia at the Tenth Architecture Biennale in Venice, the GETXOPHOTO Festival in Getxo, Bilbao, Biennal Photoquai in Paris, Seoul Photo 2010, Daegu Photo Biennale in South Korea or o Image Triennial in Guangzhou, China, among others.

He has also worked for Editorial Lunwerg and was advisor to the C Photo Magazine by Ivory Press, London. At an academic level, he has taught classes and workshops in universities and schools of art and he has run the Latin American Master’s in Contemporary Photography at the Image Centre in Lima.

Alejandro Castellote
10 December 2018

Digital Photography Processing - Alumni Training Capsule

EINA Alumni is organising the following training capsule sessions for the next semester:

Digital Photography Processing

Digital Photography Processing - Mariana Castel

Practical digital photography course using Lightroom. Participants will learn how to organise, select and edit RAW negatives using Adobe software. Working with RAW files enables professional post-production as the file contains much more information than a .jpg. Students will work on each of the editing modules of the programme and create a series of pre-established presets so that they have their own presets library. Finally, students will export their selected photographs with the suitable resolution for posting on the internet and to be able to print them. To take the course, students must have a basis of technical knowledge of photography and a digital camera with the option of creating RAW files.

Mariana Castel is a graphic designer and photographer. She studied design at EINA and in 2015, she specialised in editorial design and photography, studying for the Postgraduate Programme in Photography and Editorial Design at EINA. She currently works freelance after having worked for a number of agencies.



The Training Capsules

The aim of the Training Capsules is to offer EINA Alumni members active learning, both to refresh and improve their design-related professional skills and to look more deeply into the fields related to art and the humanities, in workshop, seminar or lecture format.

Places will be limited and registrations will be accepted strictly by order of application. Courses will require a minimum of 6 persons enrolled.

The duration of these sessions will normally be 4 hours and they will cost € 20 for EINA Alumni members and € 80 for non-members, per person and course.

If after reserving a place you are unable to attend the activity, you must cancel your reservation by sending an email to alumni@eina.cat so that someone else can take up your place.

Cancellation should be no later than 24 hours before the day of the activity. If you don’t attend the activity and you haven’t cancelled within this period, a non-attendance penalty will be applied (you won’t be able to enrol on any other training capsule for 2 months after the date of the course in question). If the cancellation is on medical grounds and you cancel less than 24 hours before the capsule, you will need to show a doctor’s letter for the penalty not to be applied.

Digital Photography Processing - Alumni Training Capsule - Mariana Castel
23 November 2018

Néstor Rives on the Postgraduate Diploma in Photography and Editorial Design

Néstor Rives, photographer and alumnus on the Bachelor’s Degree in Design, talks of his recent projects on the Postgraduate Diploma in Photography and Editorial Design, of which he is also a former student.

The bond constructed with the characters photographed, the process of taking their photographs, how he managed night-time visits to industrial estates, fear, friendship, death and loneliness are some of the subjects that emerged in the debate with the students.


Néstor Rives (Sant Just, Barcelona 1988) is a graphic designer and photographer. He has worked on photographic projects since 2013. In the majority of his work, he uses a hard and dark look aimed at documenting everyday subjects we don’t normally pay attention to but that, whether we like it or not, make up what we are as persons and as a society.

Selected for Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña 2016, Scan PhotoBook Tarragona 2016 and 2018, Biennal Art Contemporain JCE 2017, PhotoAlicante 2018, PA-TA-TA Festival 2017 and 2018, and others.

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14 September 2018

Manel Esclusa in "‘Creative’ Photography in Catalonia (1973-1982)”

  • Exhibition 16 June to 14 October 2018
  • Free guided tours Tuesday at 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 12 noon
  • Palau de La Virreina, Barcelona

Manel Esclusa, coordinator and teacher on the Postgraduate in Photography and Editorial Design at EINA, together with other photographers, is exhibiting some of his work in the exhibition ‘Creative’ Photography in Catalonia (1973-1982).

"This show presents the emergence of a generation of photographers who demanded recognition of ‘creative’ or signature photography as an independent art within the institutional and artistic establishment of the 1970s and early 1980s. It goes from the opening of Spectrum, the first gallery specializing in photography in Spain, which opened in Barcelona in 1973, to the staging of the Photographic Spring in 1982”.

"Els ulls aturats" (1978). Manel Esclusa
"Els ulls aturats" (1978). Manel Esclusa
21 June 2018

"Love Life", Final Degree Project on the Postgraduate in Photography and Editorial Design, by Alberto Polo

Alberto Polo explains "Love Life", his final degree project on the Postgraduate in Photography and Editorial Design, based on his personal diary, with images of different areas of his life.

4 June 2018

"LOVESTRUCK", Final Degree Project on the Postgraduate in Photography and Editorial Design, by Lydia Metral

Lydia Metral explains "LOVESTRUCK", her final degree project on the Postgraduate in Photography and Editorial Design, where she speaks of intense love from a very personal viewpoint.

22 May 2018

"Women", Final Degree Project on the Postgraduate in Photography and Editorial Design, by Nazareth Meijide

Nazareth Meijide explains "Women", her final degree project on the Postgraduate in Photography and Editorial Design, where she aims to raise the profile of the Pakistani society in Barcelona’s Raval district and specifically women.

10 May 2018

"Façade", Final Degree Project on the Postgraduate in Photography and Editorial Design, by Néstor Rives

Néstor Rives explains "Façade", his final degree project on the Postgraduate in Photography and Editorial Design, where he aims to unveil the mask that society wears.

7 May 2018

Postgraduate projects in Photography and Editorial Design and Bachelor’s Degree in Design at UtopiaMarkets

  • Friday 11 May, from 7 pm to 11 pm
  • Saturday 12 May, from 11 am to 10 pm
  • Sunday 13 May, from 11 am to 10 pm
  • Utopia 216, Barcelona

The 3rd edition of UtopiaMarkets Photo will include the participation of former students on the EINA Postgraduate Diploma in Photography and Editorial Design and students on the Bachelor’s Degree in Design.

This event, which will take place from 11 to 13 May in a very unique venue in the Poblenou district, is an opportunity to talk to and buy the creators’ work, as well as take part in the different activities taking place at UtopiaMarkets Photo (dialogues, workshops, screenings, etc.).

UtopiaMarkets
4 May 2018

"Hambre de hombre", (Hunger of Man) Final Degree Project on the Postgraduate in Photography and Editorial Design, by Pamela Calero

Pamela Calero talks about "Hunger of Man", her final degree project on the Postgraduate in Photography and Editorial Design, an object-book that combines graphic design and photography to reflect on the gender binomial.

7 March 2018

"Semantic Exhumations", talk by Alejandro Castellote

  • Thursday 15 March, 6 pm
  • EINA
  • Open to the public

The talk on "Semantic Exhumations", by Alejandro Castellote, will be given as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Photography and Editorial Design.

In recent years, a category has emerged that we could call forensic artists. It refers to the uses that are being made of archives, family albums and those untidy and amorphous collections that include images loaned to the internet, iconographic materials, documentary materials, cartographic materials, etc. Included here are artists who carry out semantic exhumations based on this huge volume of inert documents that are accumulated without any expectation of being used. They disinter cadavers, i.e. albums and archives filled with no signs of life, to investigate them or compose with them an alternative semantic to the one they had in life.

The photo books that will be displayed come primarily from Asia and Latin America.


Alejandro Castellote (Madrid, 1959), a photography curator since 1982, has curated a great many national and international festivals and exhibitions, including the PHotoEspaña International Photography Exhibition, C on Cities at the Padiglione Italia at the Tenth Architecture Biennale in Venice, the GETXOPHOTO Festival in Getxo, Bilbao, Biennal Photoquai in Paris, the Road to Spain at SEOUL PHOTO 2010 and Daegu Photo Biennale in South Korea.

He has also worked for Editorial Lunwerg and was advisor to the C Photo Magazine by Ivory Press, London. At an academic level, he has taught classes and workshops in universities and schools and he has run the Latin American Master’s in Contemporary Photography at the Image Centre in Lima.

He is presently guest curator of the Image Triennial 2017, Guangzhou, China.

Alejandro Castellote
17 November 2017

Photography exhibition with work by Laia Badenas

  • 17 November, 8 pm
  • Can Jorba, Vilassar de Mar

Laia Badenas, a first-year student on the Bachelor’s Degree in Design, is taking part with her photographic work in an exhibition as part of Plataforma Zero, an event to promote young artists organised by Vilassar de Mar Town Council.

Picture by Laia Badenas
© Laia Badenas
6 November 2017

"Les Insouciants", exhibition of photographs by Lydia Metral

  • 9 November, 8 pm
  • 33/45, Barcelona

Lydia Metral, alumni on the Postgraduate Diploma in Photography and Editorial Design, is opening the Les Insouciants exhibition, a collection of photographs that pay tribute to youth and diversity.

Les "Insouciants is a series of portraits of young adults photographed in their bedrooms or their apartments. For four years, I’ve searched for young people in my close environment to show them just as they are, in their intimate space, forged in their image and where they can express themselves freely. This work is a tribute to youth, to singularity, to difference and to variety. Here, I haven’t wanted to make a difference of gender, sexuality or social class, with a view to showing both a universal and a singular youth. In a fractured and divided world, where inequalities and discriminations remain, it seemed essential to me to show this youth beyond the divisions that are often imposed on us. These young people have been photographed in cities where I’ve lived or that I’ve visited with the aim of opening up the project to the world.”

Lydia Metral

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14 September 2017

The image of Temporada Alta by Manel Esclusa

Manel Esclusa, photographer and coordinator of the Postgraduate in Photography and Editorial Design, has created the image for this year’s Temporada Alta poster.

“The image is just points of light and the trace of light,” says Manel Esclusa. “I thought that it's linked to the theatre and that there should be two important elements in the staging, which are the lighting as it originally was, with candles at floor level, and then subsequently overhead lighting, with electrical light. They both illuminate a stage where there is still no star of the show.”

Although the image was taken in a theatre, it fits in very directly with Esclusa’s night-time photographs of urban spaces. “Photography is also a constant balance between light and dark.”

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13 September 2017

Photography at EINA, the classes by Xavier Miserachs

Xavier Miserachs (Barcelona, 1937 –1998) was a photography teacher at EINA between the 1967-68 and the 1972-73 academic years. He was one of the group of teachers that resigned as teachers at Elisava to found a new school. Linked to EINA since the school’s origins as a founder and regular teacher, he subsequently kept up contact through occasional actions and lectures.

Consequently, it was through Miserachs that the first generations of EINA students received their introduction to photography. As Carme Vives, student and later teacher at EINA, recalls, he was a methodical and rigorous teacher who was very interested in the students’ learning his subject. In first-year classes, emphasis was placed on photography and processing techniques and procedures, but mastery of photographic technique also offered another way to scrutinise the environment, provided an education in looking and turned the student into a producer of images. In fact, the teaching of design gave photography a place when the latter was still a medium that was excluded from fine arts and university courses.


Xavier Miserachs and model in the photography class. Photograph loaned by Merche Cisteró.
Xavier Miserachs and model in the photography class. Photograph loaned by Merche Cisteró.

The 1970-71 academic year saw the addition of Paco Llobet as photography teacher, who would be the teacher of this subject until 1982-83. In the 1978-79 academic year, this was done by Manel Esclusa who has, since then and jointly with Núria Andreu and Artur Muñoz (who joined in 1998 and 2008, respectively), been responsible for a large part of the various photography courses taught at EINA. It is of interest to note the different part played in photography by these three names, all of them representative of teaching at EINA. Miserachs is recognised as one of the most representative photographers of objectivist and critical realism. For his part, Llobet has done a lot of his work in the field of advertising and fashion photography. Esclusa has been outstanding as an innovative and personal photographer in the area of urban landscape. In all, three completely different concepts of photography, three genres and three visions.

As well as these, other names in the field of photography have been associated at one time or another, with greater or lesser intensity, with the school: Colita, Humberto Rivas, Toni Catany, Oukalele, J. Sarrà, Antonio Molinero and Pere Llunas,


[Card of the seminars](http://arxiu.eina.cat/index.php/activiats-1979-1980) taught by Manel Esclusa, R. Barnils, J. Rigol, J. Sarrà and Oukalele in the 1979-1980 academic year.
Card of the seminars taught by Manel Esclusa, R. Barnils, J. Rigol, J. Sarrà and Oukalele in the 1979-1980 academic year.

The article serves to remind us of Xavier Miserachs, and to pay discreet tribute to the memory of a teacher and friend of EINA. At the same time, it has allowed us to speak of the role played by photography in design and art courses, as they have been developed in the school; in other words, as a technical resource of image production, as learning, as a discipline of observation and understanding of the environment, and, evidently, as a means of personal expression and communication of ideas.

Text published originally in: Pibernat, Oriol. “Photography at EINA, the classes by Xavier Miserachs”. Plec: informatiu d’EINA magazine. No. 13 (May 2002), p. 4.

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