The Open Centre for Architecture promotes the initiative to spread the legacy of the photographer Francesc Català-Roca on the occasion of his centenary. This time, the COAC’s Demarcation of Lleida hosts an interesting exhibition on a dialogue between José Antonio Coderch’s architectural work and Francesc Català-Roca’s thorough gaze, which includes the period from 1947, with the Garriga Nogués House, until 1966, with the Trade Buildings.
Francesc Català-Roca (1922 – 1998) was a Catalan photographer, son of the also photographer Pere Català i Pic and brother of Pere Català i Roca. He is considered to be the most important Catalan photographer of the 20th century by many critics. He worked for the following magazines and publications: Revista, Destino, Gaceta Ilustrada and La Vanguardia.
José Antonio Coderch (1913-1984) was the real driving force behind the rebirth of post-war Spanish architecture, that is, the man who made way for the profession’s standard bearers: Carvajal, Cabrero and Saenz de Oíza, among others. He knew how to synthesise the contributions of the modern movement and the modernist architecture of Jujol or Gaudí.
PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE OF THE ARCHITECTS’ ASSOCIATION OF CATALONIA (COAC)
The Photographic Archive was created in 2007 as a section of the Architects’ Association’s Historical Archive. It resulted from the need to recover all the photographic heritage scattered throughout the COAC areas, following the steps of the previous Image Documentation Centre. The aim was to prevent its loss or deterioration due to the lack of optimal conservation and installation conditions.
Currently, the Photographic Archive has a large enough volume to be considered one of the best archives of architectural images in the state.
Other holdings from the archive include the three large collections of images collected since the creation of the Historical Archive which are arranged thematically, onomastically and geographically respectively; the collections of photographers of great relevance in our country such as Francesc Català-Roca and Oriol Maspons; the collection of Romanesque photographs by Lluís Domènech i Montaner; the glass plate negatives of Gaudí’s workshop.
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