Detente, instante. Una historia de la fotografía

João Penalva
Fundación Juan March, Madrid
17 October 2022 - 15 January 2023
This exhibition rehearses one of the possible histories of photography from its birth around 1840 until today. The show proposes an account of the medium through three hundred photographs in a careful selection that has started from the original eye of those who first eliminated and preserved them: their collectors. The works are period copies from two exceptional, pioneering and complementary collections: those brought together over four decades by Dietmar Siegert in Germany and Enrique Ordóñez and Isabel Falcón in Spain.
Presents a very ambitious historical, geographical and thematic overview. This story begins with the new look at the world that meant the invention of the medium and went through the second half of the 19th century, the entire 20th and the beginning of the 21st between discovery, play, conquests and creation. At its end we find again that look from the beginning flowing in the present, experiencing as then, visually reinterpreting the past and anticipating the future. In this story, the public of the exhibition -a broad public, not only specialists or those interested in photography- will find an imposing historical frieze to walk through with the help of the work of Irving Penn, Man Ray, Samuel Bourne, Sasha Stone, Jeff Wall, Cartier-Bresson, Arbus, Brassaï, Stieglitz, Fenton, Atget, Tillmans… You will also discover many images – some famous, others surprisingly unknown – in front of which you risk stopping the moment, as Fausto wished, and letting that the look is filled forever.