Oriol Maspons

Ibiza in the ‘50s

Oriol Maspons (Barcelona 1928-2013) played a vital role in the renewal of photographic language in Spain in the 1950s and ‘60s, first as an enthusiast and later as one of the most important photographers in Europe. In the summer of 1954 he travelled to Ibiza for the first time, taking his Rolleiflex camera with him, and in a hitherto unprecedented manner captured the essence that was beginning make itself felt on the island.

In the early 1950s Oriol Maspons worked in an insurance company based in Barcelona, and in his free time he pursued his passion, photography. Little did Maspons know that his life would take a radical turn, when his company proposed that he move to Paris in 1955.

While simultaneously doing his job in the French capital, Maspons started to frequent the photography milieus of the era. As a correspondent for the magazine Arte Fotográfico, he had the chance to interview the great figures of the day: Brassai, Cartier-Bresson, Doisneau and Bourdin. Three years later he returned to Barcelona and decided to devote himself to photography full-time.

Oriol Maspons specialised in reports, portraits, fashion and advertising. He worked for prestigious media outlets such as La Gaceta Ilustrada, L’Oeil, Paris-Match, Boccaccio, Expression or Elle, among others, and published a fair number of books. As a result of the time he spent in Paris [...]


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