It’s hard to impress the citizens of Barcelona – one of the most beautiful cities in the world – with a pretty picture. However, if there was a rating of people capable of doing it, one of its leading positions would be given to the cult American photographer Peter Hujar, whose exhibition “Speed of Life” is presented by Fundació Mapfre. The Audience is glazed upon by gays and lesbians, frozen in unusual camera angles, celebrities of the second half of the XX Century, such as artist Andy Warhol and writer Susan Sontag.
A descendant of immigrants from Ukraine, Peter Hujar began his career working for the fashion magazines but soon abandoned the standard shootings of models with perfect figures. He felt more attracted to non-trivial appearances and even pathologies, which some find shocking in his images. Yet, his true glory unleashed with the minimalist shots of naked men and women – all representatives of different sexual orientations – photographed against a white wall. Being openly gay, the photographer was deeply perceiving people who had agreed to stand in front of his camera, thus expertly catching the personality of each character. He was also great at working with animals, and it seems like all dogs, cows, and horses on his pictures are endowed with character and intelligence.
In addition to photos, the exhibition presents personal documents and letters of Hujar, who died of AIDS in 1987 at the peak of his popularity.
Where: Fundació Mapfre, С. de la Diputació, 250, м. Passeig de Gràcia
Entrance: 3 euros / until April 30