This is the unknown story of a photographer who deliberately hid 5,000 photographs of the Spanish Civil War in a red box. With his camera, Antoni Campañà i Bandranas (Arbúcies, 1906 – Sant Cugat del Vallès, 1989) shows us Catalonia in the 20th century and its contrasts. A professional artistic photographer, a photojournalist, he offers us a relentless, many-faceted view of the complexity of the 20th century. It is a story of beauty and technical mastery in which, above all, life and human beings come out on top.
Portrait of Agustí Centelles. Antoni Campañà, 1935-1936. Permanent loan by the Campañà Capella’s Family, 2020. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
El Grau de València, 1909 – Barcelona, 1985
An indisputable figure of modern photojournalism, he was one of the most universal Catalan photographers, often compared to Robert Capa. His pictures taken behind the lines in Barcelona, and those of the fighting in the Pyrenees, the Aragon front and the Republican refugee camps, are an indispensable testimony to the Civil War.