Tributing to the “Photographic Arte Povera”, by Ribas Prous


Josep Mª Ribas ProusUnder this title, Ribas Prous offers a selection from his work, a long history of more than 50 years investigating and experimenting about primary photography (mainly pinhole, in its most diverse aspects ), as well as works made with plastic, wooden or cardboard handmade cameras.

It is an homage to the legacy of the “Arte Povera”, in which he says he found almost the only expectation and hope from doing photography in these last years; a needed detoxification from the vertigo of advances, in the field of artistic creation, also seen and called as “progress”, that is essentially coming from the postmodern philosophy.

With his own words:

“It is possible that we are seen by many as old dinosaurs to be exterminated, but eventually, we may still be able biting very…”

“A tribute to the legacy and guide of the old masters of our photography, like Pedro Olaya Ruano, (when a modest magazine, directed by Ignacio Barceló , stand as the most sincere testimony of communication and unity among all artists, masterfully supplying the existing division of composed groups, small groups , and worse) …”

“Paying homage to Xosé Gago Pesqueira, essayist and experimenter to the level of “utopia” … together with him and many other great friends, we work and created a tight group. Like Miquel Angel Perez, who is correcting and updating the practice of plastic to a new vision, combining and applying old and contemporary products … and Jaume Estapé as ” engineer ” in solving technical problems … and Joaquin Casado, possibly the greatest expert on pinhole in this nation … or Quinn Jacobson, (landed at first in Reus in 2007) , and now in Vilassar de Dalt continuing the diffusion and making popular the old techniques of Wet Plate Collodion and Ambrotypes.( And why not … speaking of “povera” (meaning: poor)… our appreciation to Paco Casanova in Barcelona, who always authorized overdrafts, at the time we could still pay the material’s bills)

What can we ask more? My tribute goes to all, and with special esteem, to the Vilassar de Dalt’s people!