Xose Gago, an alchemist of the Photography


Xose GagoXose Gago, an alchemist of the Photography Under this title, an extensive dossier of fifty works of this prestigious researcher of photographic chemistry is presented. A tireless worker and essayist, he is a passionate about physics and chemistry, he consults and reads daily as well as he does research on the old techniques of the pioneers of the Light Art.

He states that he has discovered photography through the articles by D. Pedro Olaya Ruano, whom he admires and acknowledges his legacy for his valuable contribution to our history of the image.

Facing the spectator a selected collection passes, which over many years of friendship, he has been trusting me, describing his research on topics as diverse as Albumin, Cyanotype, Gum bichromate and its trichromatic procedures, the Carbon direct, Platinotype, Gum to the Uranium, Oleotype, the Silver Citrate emulsion as well as the and Silver Chloride experiences, which he has called “Ribastyl” as a Tribute to my name . . . (an emulsion with extraordinary deep blacks, that do not envy at all the noble art of Platinotype or Palladium. . .).

Many of these works come from studies conducted over more than forty years, some of them experienced in ancient Workshops in the laboratories of our Reus Photographic Association, and that made in his time, the final departure shot and the promotion of knowledge and the popularization of the importance of the old techniques of primitive photography.

Merits have been recognized to Gago Pesqueira, even the world’s largest photographic medium companies as Eastman Kodak, that requested him to carry out research and analysis of their products as well as German firms of prestige like Maco / Rollei . . .

In just a word, a man who is part of that kind of unknown geniuses and natural born researchers who have not been justly considered, and often forgotten, because they have had, perhaps, the misfortune of being born in the wrong place, and that if they had lived in Rochester, they possibly would have him locked up, locked in a closet . . . (in a good sense)

. . . to take advantage of him, exclusively, and of all his knowledge . . .

A great pity

Josep Maria Ribas i Prous