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Fototertulia (PhotoTalk) From engraving to still photo. A 19th century model that explains the pictorial composition in the still photo, by Miquel Àngel Pintanel, Filmoteca de Catalunya

March 4 - 18:30 - 19:30


We announce that the next Fototertúlia (Photo Conference) will take place next Monday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. in Pati Llimona. On this occasion, the session will be conducted by Miquel Àngel Pintanel, who will explore the origins of the pictorial composition of the still photo of the cinema of the 1940s of the 20th century to the prints of the literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is entitled From the engraving to the still photo. A 19th century model that explains the pictorial composition in the still photo.

The session will be recorded on video.

Monday, March 4, 2024 from 6:30 p.m. at 7:30 p.m.
Civic Center Pati Llimona, Carrer del Regomir, 3, Ciutat Vella – Barcelona (Free entry. Limited capacity).

After verifying that in the 1940s tools of pictorial composition were used in the still photos of Spanish films, two hypotheses were elaborated to explain this: that the still photos had traditional artistic training, which was complicated , or that they followed some model. We had to go back to the beginnings of the use of the still photo, but also to the literature editions of the 19th century to be able to find what this model could be.

The sequence would be, in summary, the following. One of the first uses of photography to promote cinema, from the beginning of the 20th century, by film producers, are a type of press kit with still photographs and a text describing the film. Towards the middle of the 10s of the 20th century, and in a global way, these two types of works come together to create the cinematographic novel.

This transition could explain how the photographs are organized and presented in the cinematographic novels and why there are still photos that use painting tools to compose. In this Fototertulia we will show what we think is the model they use.


March 4
18:30 - 19:30
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