Francisco Ontañón Exhibition
If you find yourself close to the city of Segovia, then head for the Royal Palace of La Granja and view and exhibition by the late photographer Francisco Ontañón.
Francisco is renowned for his post war photography, particularly of children. He was only six years old when his father was killed fighting in the Battle of the Ebro, and Francisco’s mother died shortly aftrwards.
Like so many children at the time, Francisco had a harsh upbringing… earning money to support his siblings from a very young age witha variety of odd jobs. It was whilst working as a delivery boy in Barcelona, that Francisco had reason to deliver to a photographic studio. He bought himself a camera, and taught himself the art of photography. By the time Francisco had turned 30, he had moved to Madrid and was working for Europa Press.
Throughout his life… Francisco was more drawn to the beauty that lies hidden in the harsh realities of life – and it was these subjects that he is most known for photographing.
Francisco passed away in 2009 at the ripe old age of 78.
The exhibition “Mas que niños” is on display at the gallery until mid December.
More information (in Spanish): www.galeriartesonado.es
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