The Catalonia of Jules Ainaud (1871-1872) is the first public presentation that restores the legitimate authorship of the French photographer and vindicates his recognition as an outstanding episode in the history of our photography. The Tina Modotti exhibition presents for the first time a thorough reconstruction of his life and work, with special attention to his activity in Spain, from the period before the Civil War to the central years of the conflict.
The Catalonia of Jules Ainaud (1871-1872)
During the period between 1871 and 1872, Jules Ainaud (born in Lunel, France, in 1837 and died in Barcelona in 1900) undertook an extensive tour of various locations in Catalonia with the purpose of capturing photographs of places of great scenic and artistic value. These images were commissioned by the renowned house J. Laurent, which at that time was the most prominent firm in the production and marketing of photographs. The result of this interesting project could be contemplated in the Ateneo Barcelonés more than one hundred and fifty years ago, being this the first and last time until today. Curiously, these photographs, as well as the images of the Levante area that were sold by the same company, were considered for a long time as the work of Jean Laurent himself.
During her lifetime, Tina Modotti (born in Udine in 1896 and died in Mexico City in 1942) was at the center of the storm. Her fascinating personal and artistic career was marked by some of the most important historical events of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as by her dual and constant commitment as an artist-photographer and anti-fascist revolutionary-militant.