BIOGRAPHY

 

Born 1949 in Badalona, Barcelona.

 

Studies Journalism at CIC Barcelona.

 

1971. Freelance journalist for various newspapers and magazines in Barcelona and Madrid.

 

1975. Studies photography at the center of Joaquín Muntaner in Barcelona.

 

1976. Barcelona. Photos of a demonstration for freedom that become an iconographic reference of political transition in Spain. They are published in Paris Match, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Nouvel Observateur, News Reporter, Der Spiegel, Stern, etc.. and in many books and newspapers over the last 38 years.

 

 

1976-80. Absolutely involved in photography, mostly interested in social and documentary. Working for editorial and press.

 

1977-78. U.S. correspondent for weekly spanish magazines Interviú and Primera Plana.

 

 

1979 Visited China for Playboy magazine Spain Edition. At that time China was an unknown country.

 

 

1980. First photo exhibition at Spectrum-Canon Gallery, Barcelona.

 

1981. Rents a studio in Casa Milà, La Pedrera, Antonio Gaudi architect. Barcelona.

Convalescence from a serious accident that prevented him to continue working in journalism. After the accident: "I am no longer a picture hunter, now I am fishing images"

Start Night-Photography of the chimneys and architectural forms at the roof of La Pedrera.

 

 

1985-2000. Assignments for publishers and institutions: architectural photography and illustration as Casa Vogue, Connaissance des Arts, Architecture db. Books: Crafts in Spain, Sepharad-Sefarad, Barcelonas, Domus Isozaki,

 

1985. Start the series: Allegories of Fire mostly inspired by the essays about cosmogonies and anthropology of Sir James Frazer, Gaston Bachelard, and others..

 

 

1987. Publication of the book El Jardí dels Guerrers - The Garden of Warriors by Editorial Lunwerg in (8 languages) with night shots of La Pedrera.

 

EL JARDÍ DELS GUERRERS by MANEL ARMENGOL, LUNWERG EDITORES 1987 by Manel Armengol / Files

 

1989. Starting the series of "Fantastic Architecture" looking for the atmospheres of Art Nouveau (Modernism) architecture in Barcelona. A collaboration with Barcelona's University (UPF) Medieval Literature professor Victoria Cirlot.

 

 

1993. Elements Series: Wind, Water, Earth. Revisiting the darkroom after a dozen years.

Associate Professor of Photography and Edition at the Department of Journalism in the UAB, Bellaterra University, Barcelona.

 

2000 Photographic essay Signs of an Alphabeth

 

 

2000_03. Travel to New York, Nepal, Dahramsala in India, Tokyo. Articles and exhibitions.

 

2001. Publication of the books Voices of water and Memories of Winds

by Word Editorial Shiseido, Tokyo, and poems by Elia Taniguchi.

 

VOICES OF WATER by MANEL ARMENGOL, SHISEIDO WORD 2001 JAPAN by Manel Armengol / Files

 

MEMORIES OF WINDS, SISHEIDO WORD 2001 JAPAN by Manel Armengol / Files

 

2003. Travel to Iceland. Landscape photographs in b/w, medium and large formats and gelatin silver printed.

 

2004. Performing Herbarium, large format b/w negative.

Associated Lecturer at Journalism Dept. at Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona.

The MNAC (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya) adquires several photographs for the Permanent Collection.

 

2005. Exhibition "Retrats d'Herbes" in the Botanical Institute of Barcelona.

 

2006. Starting b/w series Stones from Heaven (work in progress).

Editing the photographs of HERBARIUM book.

 

2007. Publication of the book HERBARIUM, with an essay by Margaret Hooks, published by Turner Publishing, Madrid. Presentation at Fundació Colectania, Barcelona

 

HERBARIUM by MANEL ARMENGOL 2007 by Manel Armengol / Files

 

Photographic work An Alphabet between the stones for the CRDI, Centre per a la Recerca i Difussió de la Imatge of the City of Girona.

 

2008. New trip to Iceland to complete the work begun in 2004.

Preparation and publication of the book Cirlot en Vallcarca, Editorial Alpha-Decay, with texts by Juan Eduardo Cirlot and Victoria Cirlot (work done in the early 90s).

 

TRANSICIONES by MANEL ARMENGOL, FUNDACIÓ COLECTANIA 2010 by Manel Armengol / Files
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2009. Publication of the book TERRAE, photographs in b/w taken in the travels to Iceland in 2003 and 2008, with an Essay by the british art critic Mark Gisbourne Immanence as Plenitude

 

TERRAE by MANEL ARMENGOL, 2009 by Manel Armengol / Files
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December 31 takes the first photographs with a pinhole camera in the Cap de Creus in Catalonia, a symbolic start to the new year.

 

2010. VOYAGE IN BLUE speaks about an imaginary travel evoking the Odysseus adventures and her return to Ithaka. To highlight the idea of the imaginary was used a pinhole camera with tungsten light film. Blue as color and a wide angle view, refering to the imaginary images of a dream.

 

 

Starts a documentary project The life of the Acient Olive Trees in the Mediterranean, looking to find the oldest olive trees around the mediterranean countries, with the idea related to the "sacred tree" as union and relationship between the people and mediterranean cultures.

Travelled to Sardinia, Sicily and Puglia in Italy; Empordà, Castellón and Tarragona in Spain; the Ionian Islands in Greece.

 

2011. More travels to find ancient olive trees. Visit Córdoba, Jaén, Granada and Malaga in Spain; Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and the Peloponnese in Greece. Create two parallel blogs: OLEA documentary work [oli-olea.blogspot.com.es/], and travel notes in MEDITERRANEAE [mediterraneae.blogspot.com.es/]

 

2012. Visit Aegean Turkey, Tunisia, Spain coast Mastership in Lebanon and Aegina island in Greece and Crete (at this point is suspended the sponsorization of the project and remains unfinished until would arrive best times)

  

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2018

2016

"La Transició des del carrer, 1976-79", Centre d'Art Contemporani Can Sisteré, Santa Coloma de Gramanet, Barcelona.

 

2015

"TERRAE", "VIATGE EN BLAU" Museu de Vilassar de Dalt, Festival Revela't. Vilassar de Dalt, Barcelona

 

2014

" TRANSICIONS " Spain , China , USA 70s . Roaming . Festimatge . Vell exposicions City Council Chamber . Calella , Barcelona

" TRANSICIONS " Last Generalitat and Culture Department Colectania Foundation . Museu de Badalona. Badalona , Barcelona

 

2013

" TRANSICIONS " Last Generalitat and Culture Department Colectania Foundation . Centre Cultural La Mercè . Girona

" MISCELLANEOUS · Lania " Espai d' Art El Portal Llevador . Igualada. Barcelona.

" TRANSICIONS " Last Generalitat and Culture Department Colectania Foundation . Museu de la Pell . Igualada. Barcelona

" You contact " Galeria Tagomago . Barcelona

" TRANSICIONS " Last Generalitat and Culture Department Colectania Foundation . Museu de l' Hospitalet de Llobregat. Barcelona

" TRANSICIONS " Last Generalitat and Culture Department Colectania Foundation . Centre of Contemporary Art La Sala. Vilanova . Barcelona

"BLUE GARDEN" . Alejandro Sales Gallery . Barcelona

 

2011

"Journey in Blue." Gallery Tagomago . Barcelona

 

2010

 

" TERRAE and USA 70 's". Gallery Pente 10. Lisbon. pt

 

2009

 

" TERRAE and USA 70 's". Gallery Tagomago . Barcelona

 

2008

 

" Transiçoes " 70's in Spain , China , United States. Arquivo Municipal Photography . Lisbon.

" Herbarium " Triangle Gallery . Barcelona.

 

2007

 

" Water Voices " Convent de Sant Salvador. Horta de Sant Joan . Tarragona.

Carmen Torrallardona Gallery . 2on . Circuit d' art contemporani . Andorra.

 

2006

 

" The Garden of warriors ." Museu Regional d' Olot. Girona.

 

2005

 

" Portrait of herbs ." Botanical Institute . Barcelona

" In the Beginning " . Kunsthal . Rotterdam. Holland

 

2004

 

"Der Himmel über Gaudi " Sparkasse . Bremen . of

" Cronica d' Iceland " 3 Punts Galeria . Barcelona

" Al Començament " . Casa de la Generalitat . Perpignan . fr

LaFotoBcn . Contact . Barcelona. Spain

 

2003

 

" Au Commencement " . Centre Culturel Le Moulin . Roches sur Garonne. Toulouse . fr

« The Beginning » House Spain . Santo Domingo. RD

 

2002

 

" Au Commencement " Maison de la Catalogne . Paris

 

2001

 

Alejandro Sales Gallery . Barcelona

Palau Robert . Barcelona

 

2000

 

Photo Gallery Railowsky . Valencia

 

1999

 

Gallery EGAM . Madrid

ARCO'99 . Gallery EGAM . Madrid

 

1992

 

Museum Fund. Visual Arts Alejandro Otero. Caracas

 

1987

 

Eude Gallery . Barcelona

 

1981

 

Spectrum Gallery Canon . Barcelona

  

WORKS IN COLLECTIONS

 

MACBA, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Sp.

MNAC, Museu Nacional d' Art de Catalunya. Barcelona. Sp.

MNCARS, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Madrid. Sp.

AFB, Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona. Barcelona. Sp.

Col·lecció olor VISUAL Ernesto Ventós. Barcelona. Sp.

Col·lecció de fotografia Tatxo Benet. Barcelona. Sp.

CRDI . Centre for Research and Difussió Imatge . Girona, Sp.

Museu de l' Exili . Jonqueras . Girona. Sp

BES Arte. Spiritu Santo Bank Collection . Lisbon, Pt

Fundació Photo Colectania . Barcelona, Sp

Fundació Vila Casas. Museu Palau Solterra . Girona. Sp

Forvm Foundation . Tarragona. Sp

DLK Collection . New York, US

Itoh Collection . Japan, Jp

Taniguchi Collection . Tokyo, Jp

 

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