Contemporary Photography in the Telefónica Collection captures, through the works of some of the most outstanding contemporary photographers on the international scene, the paradigm shift that took place in visual culture in the last decades of the 20th century, when photography, film and video became instruments of representation with high artistic value. The backbone of the exhibition is the turning point at which photography overcame its merely documentary condition and came to be conceived as the result of an expressive gaze understood as art. Portraiture, landscape or architecture dialogue in a set that encompasses some of the great themes of the art of the last century: the recovery of historical memory, social denunciation, criticism of artistic processes or the use of the body as a platform for plastic communication.
Two great families of contemporary photography are the backbone of this exhibition. On the one hand, the Düsseldorf School of the Becher couple and their celebrated students. On the other, the American current with artists who use the photographic medium to narrate real or simulated stories.