Xavier Miserachs

Biography

XAVIER MISERACHS

Barcelona, 1937 – Badalona, 1998

 

In addition to being one of the most famous Spanish photographers of the 20th century, Xavier Miserachs is one of the greatest representatives of the young and nonconformist generation of the 50s and 60s that the theorist Josep Maria Casademont would describe as the New Vanguard. A group of photographers who reflected the oppressive atmosphere of Spain between the post-war period and the economic boom of the sixties, incorporating into his work the renewal of the trends of the new international documentary filmmaking.

After coming into contact with photography at the Eulàlia Technical Institute in Barcelona, ​​Xavier Mierachs left his almost completed medical education, and turn his passion into his way of life.

In his early years, Miserachs took inspiration from some of the most prominent photographers of the moment such as Francesc Català-Roca, Robert Frank and, most especially, William Klein.

In 1952 Miserachs joined the Photographic Group of Catalonia (AFC), becoming the youngest member of the group, along with figures such as Francesc Català-Roca, Oriol Maspons, Leopoldo Pomés and Ramon Massats. In addition, in 1955 Miserachs had the opportunity to attend the exhibition The Family of Man, presented at MoMA under the curatorship of Edward Steichen and which consolidated and reaffirmed a new photographic view capable of creating a dialectical discourse to elaborate an argumentative narrative from a set of images.

Miserachs worked as a communication correspondent for different Spanish media (La Vanguardia, Gaceta Ilustrada, Interviu and Triunfo), held photography exhibitions with his colleagues and produced various publications such as Barcelona Blanc i Negre [Barcelona Blac and White] (1964) and Costa Brava Show (1966). In addition, throughout his life, he illustrated nearly thirty books and had constant contact with the world of teaching and cinema as a filmmaker and director of photography and even as director and producer of the short film Amen.

His latest solo exhibitions include Miserachs. Unexpected epilogue (Fundación Cultural La Pedrera. Barcelona, ​​2018), Costa Brava Show, (La Fabrica, Madrid, 2018), Miserachs (Ana Mas Projects, Barcelona, ​​2016), Miserachs Barcelona (MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, ​​2015).

In 1997 he received the II Gaziel Prize for Biographies and Memoirs for his publication Contact sheets. Memories and, a year later, the same as his death, he received recognition for his work as a photographer with the Creu de Sant Jordi, awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya.

His work is part of important public and private collections such as the Reina Sofía Museum, MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, ​​Fundació Vila Casas, Fotocolectania, Miquel Galmes Collection, Fundació Suñol, MNAC National Art Museum of Catalonia, as well as numerous private collections.