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© Paco González San Agustín 2014.           Aviso legal

 

An Industrial Engineer by profession, Francisco’s involvement in photography began in the early 80s as a member of the Royal Photographic Society of Madrid (RSF). His work was influenced to a great degree by some of the best examples of what has been known as “la Escuela de Madrid”, including Masat, Dolcet, Paco Gómez and especially Gabriel Cualladó.

 

A self-taught artist by nature, during this period Francisco explores great classics like Kerstez, Cartier-Bresson and Eugene Smith, and discovers Robert Frank’s works, whose influence will represent a key turning point in his photography career. During the late 80s he becomes more actively involved with the activities of the RSF, focusing on black and white portraits and reportage photography. In the early 90s he takes part in several group showcases, leading to his first solo exhibition in 1998 at the RSF.

Francisco travels to Arles and other international festivals regularly in order to experience first hand the latest trends in the international photography scene. He has shot in places like France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, the banks of the Danube river, and especially in Morocco, where since the late 90s he has been exploring the relationship between the territory and the basic values of their society, and more recently the tensions generated by migrant flows.

Francisco hosted new solo exhibitions in May 2011 and May 2012, and in Madrid’s Casa Arabe (Arabic House) in January 2013. His work was also showcased in Madrid Photo 2012 as part of the EspacioFoto gallery, and in 2013 he participated in the International Biennial of Córdoba.

In October 2015 he hosted “Marruecos Esencial”, an individual retrospective about Morocco, at Malaga’s Museo Municipal. The exhibition also featured “Tangernacion”, a video work by Jose Ramón Da Cruz.

In 2016 he exhibited the project “Dabubio” at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. The exhibition, inspired by Claudio Magris’ text works, was a mixture of photos, videos and texts featuring a cultural and historical journey along the human and physical geographies of the river.

His works have been featured in El Pais newspaper as well as several magazines like Kantara and Atalaya. He has also authored several books like Marruecos Esencial, Power in Paris, Desaliento en Lisboa (with texts by Pessoa), Danubio, Terra Deos”(featuring Sicily), Yalaah (about Melilla and its migrant flows) Hititas, Niñas Sueltas and Classics, the first part of a project on "City". Some of his work was also selected and published by Leica Forum Book in 2012 and 2014.

In April 2019 he released a curated edition of “Retaguardia”, a book that digs into the legacy of Spain’s Civil War and the Second Spanish Republic in the town of Alicante and its surroundings.