The photographers Harry Gruyaert and Cristóbal Hara have been awarded the PHotoEspaña and Bartolomé Ros awards respectively, the two highest awards granted annually by PhotoEspaña, the international festival of photography and visual arts, in recognition of the work of the most significant figures in the fields of photography and the visual arts.
Festival organizers have decided to present the 2016 PHotoEspaña Award to Belgian photographer Harry Gruyaert (Antwerp, 1941). Precursor of an unmistakable style that influenced tendencies in the 70s and 80s, Harry Gruyaert’s work is characterised by a unique and extraordinary use of color. As an experimenter since his beginnings as a film director, he has managed to create a distinct style for his photography based on an exquisite treatment of light, ever present in his work and giving rise to an iconography full of beauty, harmony and authenticity. Tireless traveler, his pictures of Morocco, France, Belgium, Egypt, India, Russia and the U.S. form part of the patrimony of European photography and place his legacy among the major masters of international photography.
Previous winners of the PHotoEspaña Award include Ramón Masats, Bernard Plossu, Alberto García-Alix, Thomas Ruff, Graciela Iturbide, Malick Sidibé, Martin Parr, Robert Frank, Hiroshi Sugimoto, William Klein, William Eggleston, Helena Almeida, Nan Goldin, Duane Michals, Chema Madoz, Luis González Palma and Josef Koudelka.
Harry Gruyaert’s work is on view in the group show Transitions. Ten Years that Altered Europe as part of PHotoEspaña 2016s official section. The show can be visited in the Sala Picasso at the Círculo de Bellas Artes until September 25th, 2016.
The Bartolomé Ros Award for the most significant Spanish career in photography has been granted to Cristóbal Hara. The jury, consisting of Rosa Ros, responsible for Bartolomé Ros’ legacy; photographer Ramón Massats, winner of the 2014 PHotoEspaña Award; Rosario Peiró, head of collections at the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía; Pepe Font de Mora, director of the Fundació Privada Foto Colectania; and PHotoEspaña president Alberto Anaut, wishes to recognize Cristóbal Hara for “the originality of his work, his singular vision and the depth of his work throughout the last decades.”
The award, granted in honor of the legacy of Bartolomé Ros, acknowledges the contribution of a Spanish figure to the development of photography in any of its fields, whether as curator, author, historian, critic or through any other direct link to the medium. Previous winners: Colita, Gervasio Sánchez, Carlos Pérez-Siquier, Fundació Foto Colectania, Chema Madoz, Chema Conesa, Isabel Muñoz, Ricard Terré, Marta Gili y Javier Vallhonrat (ex aequo), Alejandro Castellote, the Librería Kowasa, Joan Fontcuberta, Alberto García-Alix, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto, Ramón Masats, Cristina García Rodero and Publio López Mondéjar.