COLOM, Juan. Izas, Rabizas y Colipoterras. (Barcelona): Editorial Lumen, (1964).



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DIVERSE SOCIAL RICHNESS

COLOM, Juan.
Izas, Rabizas y Colipoterras. Drama con acompañamiento de cachondeo y dolor de corazón. Texto de Camilo José Cela. Fotografías de …
(Barcelona): Editorial Lumen, (1964).
 
Small 4to (222 × 207 mm), pp.92 (two folding leaves, one of which is uncut). 34 black-and-white photographs, the uncut leaf features circular thumbnails of the photographs with short captions. Design by Christián Civici and Oscar Tusquets. Self endpapers. Black-and-white photo-illustrated glazed paper-covered boards, white, text in black and blue; light wear to extremities, rubbing to head and foot of rear spine-fold. Former owner's bookplate to front pastedown. A near-fine bright copy.
 
First edition. Between 1958 and 1961 Juan Colom had spent much time surreptitiously photographing the prostitutes and patrons of Barcelona's red light district, the Barrio Chino or Raval. He declared, 'I discovered the Barrio Chino in 1958. I understood that it was my world. I was fascinated by its diversity and its social richness... I literally got sucked in by the human quality of these characters.'
 
These photographs were first exhibited in 1961 at the Aixela Salon in Barcelona, and were published a few years later as Izas, rabizas y colipoterras. This book caught the attention of the Franco regime and aroused much controversy, to the extent that Colom felt compelled to distance himself from photography for the following twenty years. It was not until Brassai-Paris, Colom-Barcelona: Resonancias was published in 2003 that his work engaged a new and interested audience. In 2006 his work was the subject of a major exhibition at La Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris.
 
Editorial Lumen was owned by Oscar and Esther Tusquets, throughout the 1960s they produced a number of memorable photobooks under the imprint Palabra e imagen (Words and Pictures) with photographers from the Agrupación Fotográfica de Catalunya. Two of the best-known titles were the present work, Izas, rabizas y colipoterras, and Toreo de salón (Playing at Bullfighting, 1963) by Oriol Maspons and Julio Ubiña, both of which contained a text by the renowed Spanish novelist Camilo José Cela who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1989.
 
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