THE PHOTOGRAPHIC LEGACY OF ANTONI BERNAD AT PALAU ROBERT

Cooltura
Tuesday, 22 May

Until August 26th Barcelona’s Palau Robert hosts the exhibition “Antoni Bernad. Nord/Sud/Est/Oest”, which reviews over 50 years of photography through near 400 images. It’s an ambitious retrospective of the career of this Catalan photographer, who entered the world of fashion in the sixties and has developed an important international career also for his portraits since then .

Comissioned by Antoni Llena, the exhibition at Palau Robert reflects the two main areas of Antoni Bernad’s work: fashion and portrait. And it does it without any chronological order, but following the connections between spaces, cultures and experiences, which classify Antoni Bernad’s work in the four areas that name the exhibition. That’s why the show mixes fashion photography with the portrait of such influential cultural figures as Antoni Tàpies, Salvador Dalí, José Antonio Coderch, Tricicle and Mercè Rodoreda.

Antoni Bernad began his career designing for ads but photography allowed him more freedom for his creativity. He left Barcelona for Paris in 1966 and there he started his love affair with fashion photography with his first pictures for French “Elle”. Once back in Barcelona, the iconic journalist and founder of “Telva” magazine, Covadonga O’Shea, gave him his assignments on Spanish soil and, form there, he has seen his perfectionist yet natural images in the pages of magazines like “Vogue”, “Marie-Claire”, “L’Uomo Vogue” and “GQ”, among many others.

The most interesting thing of Antoni Bernad’s outlook on fashion photography is how it is influenced by other creative disciplines like dance, theatre, music, architecture, literature and art, often, paying homage to his cultural referents like Horst, Avedon, Picasso and Dalí, as we can see in the portraits of model Laura Ponte featured in the exhibition. The mix of spontaneity and formalism and how he goes deep trough the soul of the model, of the woman, he portrays, to express the emotion are other elements that make Antoni Bernad’s work so unique and this exhibition at Palau Robert so worth-see.