Josep Mª Ribas Prous
(Barcelona, December 14, 1940), creative photographer specializing in argentic mode (monochrome, black and white). . First Spanish author awarded the title of “Maître of the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique” [Master of the International Federation of Photographic ARt] (MFIAP, 1985). He has received the following distinctions: Artist-AFIAP-(1976), Excellence-EFIAP (1981), Master-MFIAP-(1985) and Excellence FIAP for services-ESFIAP-(1991). Honorary member of different societies and photographic salons, cited by artists in the industry as one of the photographers with more national and international awards. His work is exhibited in 62 international museums and private collections around the world.
Among the themes of his work include the artistic nude, conceptualism and pictorialism, landscape, the human story. Described as an author of unmistakable style, his artistic career is based on the continuous pursuit of aesthetics, which lies in the simplicity of the subject as “leit motif”, backed by a deep understanding of the art and photographic processes. Recognized at the start of his career for his expertise in image processing by sulfide , selenium and gold toning. He has worked with pigmentary procedures (gum bichromate and carbon processes) as well as in research and dissemination of other historical or primitive procedures known as nobles, such as cyanotype, the salted paper , the albumen process, platinotype or bromoil. In his most recent work he has experienced and researched with new options in the form of pinhole photography and wet plate collodion.
Currently he is the President of the Photographic Association of Reus (AFR), moved to the “Centro de la Imagen de Mas Iglesias de Reus” [Center of the Image of Mas Iglesias in Reus] CIMIR. Director and founder (1979) of the Historical Archives of the AFR and known for his work photo archives recovery. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Photography of the National Museum of Art of Catalunya (MNAC) and member of the Society for the History of Spanish Photography, founded in 1986 by Miguel Ángel Yañez Polo. Other facets of his professional experience as a photographer include curating exhibitions and work as a teacher and educator followed by future generations of photographers.