Sunday, February 10, 2013

Rafael Sanz Lobato

Rafael Sanz Lobato received Spain's Premio Nacional de Fotografia in 2011, shortly before his 80th birthday. His work is widely praised (by the Spanish) for its austeridad, a term that seems both accurate and inaccurate. The compositions of Sanz Lobato do, it's true, tend to find themselves stripped to essentials, yet at the same time they radiate a warmth that I cannot associate with austerity.