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Conference by the photographer Francesc Català-Roca (Valls, 1922 Barcelona, 1998), held in COA Granada in May 1996, where he explains his life-long interest from his first contact with photography and comments on some of his works focused on architecture. As a documentary photographer, he sought to portray the reality around him without artistic pretensions.

Coming from a family of photographers, he took up photography at the age of 13. At age 25, he needed to explore new fields and left the family business. After collaborating with various publishers, he began work on the world of art and architecture, portraying the work of Chillida, Joan Miró or Guinovart Josep and documenting geographic locations such as the Costa Brava or the Pyrenees. But his most important facet is the humanistic legacy left by his proximity to the characters of the time through his photographs.  

"The images of Català-Roca dignified everything they touched. There is no hint of condescension or judgment when he directs his gaze to the poor people of the countryside or the city. He knew how to respect the exact distance required for his subjects to tell their story. "Phrase taken from the exhibition "Català-Roca. Masterpieces", shown at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid in 2013

Francesc Català-Roca was obviously fascinated with architecture as a source of inspiration. His photographs of the Casa de los Toros de Moragas, the Catasús House in Coderch reflected in its pond or everyday snapshots in the attic in La Pedrera, restored by Barba Corsini, have become icons of the Spanish architecture of the fifties. Photographs of Català-Roca can be found in many publications of modern Catalonian architecture of the era. You can browse through his archives at the College of Architects of Catalonia.

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