Focus BCN is part of Objectiu BCN-Guinardó

Our group was born of an illusion, a common project and a passion for photography that has pushed us to better ourselves and face new challenges thanks to Objectiu BCN – Retratem la Ciutat (Objective BCN – Let’s Photograph the City)

Objectiu BCN – Retratem la Ciutat

Following the first edition of Objectiu BCN – Retratem la Ciutat (http://ccobjectiubcn.bcn.cat/2014/a new group has been created. Focus BCN is made up of the group of students who took part in the project at the Centre Civic Guinardó (http://ccivics.bcn.cat/guinardo).

We have been fortunate to be able to participate in a project promoted by the Ajuntament de Barcelona and its network of Civic Centres, and directed and coordinated by Samuel Aranda, an internationally renowned professional photographer and winner of  the prize World Press Photo 2012.

Objectiu BCN was a collective endeavour where 12 Civic Centres from the city of Barcelona and 200 of its citizens developed a photographic portrait of a city in a constant state of change and modernisation. The course consisted of workshops and master classes by such prestigious photographers as AbbasDavid AirobToni AmengualSamuel ArandaWalter AstradaJuan Manuel Castro PrietoCristina García Rodero, Joan Guerrero, Don McCullin, Fernando MoleresEmilio MorenattiJose Manuel NaviaTxema SalvansMoises SamanCarmen SecanellaInés Martínez Ribas,Lindsay Mackenzie and Anne-Sophie de Vargas. They shared with us their work, photographic ideas and professional experiences.

Through the gaze of 200 of its citizens taking part in Objectiu BCN, the Ajuntament de Barcelona and its Civic Centres wished to develop a portrait of the city in 2014. Participants were asked to choose a subject related to the city at the present moment in order to create an updated view of the Catalan capital.

We have been fortunate to partake in sessions, workshops and master classes given by photographers of the highest standards, currently contributing to the best international newspapers and magazines with their photographic reports and critical view of today’s world’s events.

Students taking part in the project were divided between 12 Civic Centres, under the guidance of a tutor assigned to each group. In our case, it was Fernando Moleres who had to endure our efforts. With extreme patience and the highest sense of professionalism he was able to draw the best out of each member of the group and obtain excellent work. We are proud to have had Fernando as our tutor and assessor in this adventure. We also wish to express our gratitude to all the other photographers who have made this project possible.

Drawing on the experiences of the project Objectiu BCN, a group spirit arose that made us want to extend this initiative through our own personal projects. Our aim is to continue reflecting on the present reality of Barcelona, our own city, the city where we live and discover every day thousands of interesting things to photograph.

Objectiu BCN gives way to Focus BCN and takes on a new life and independent view of Barcelona’s documentary photography.

José Antonio Gómez

Fotógrafo Urbano y de Paisaje.

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