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Joana Biarnés, 1935-2018

DEC/2018

The photojournalist Joana Biarnés died on December 19 at the age of 83 from a sudden breakdown in her health which two hours later led to two cardiac arrests.


A pioneer in graphic reportage in Spain, she overcame the prejudices of the Franco era, succeeded in her profession, met and immortalised major historical personalities and, when she could have turned into a legend, disappeared. In 2014 a documentalist looking for images of the 1962 floods in Catalonia made the chance rediscovery of this extraordinary photographer’s archive.


With her camera, Joana Biarnés captured the changing society of a sad and impoverished Spain under Franco and the beginnings of democracy, a society that aspired to freedom and was regaining its hopes and dreams. She also portrayed figures such as Orson Welles, Raphael, Dalí, Buñuel, The Beatles and Roman Polanski, among others, all captured through an intimate approach that distinguished her from the rest of the era’s photojournalists.


ARCHIVO JOANA BIARNÉS - FUNDACIÓN PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIAL VISION

www.photographicsocialvision.org


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