About this project

Correspondence is an on-line project that wants to reflect on the relevance that photography has taken in contemporary visual culture without losing historical perspective and its original contexts of creation and dissemination.

Each of the Correspondence sections will last two months during which two experts in the field will develop a dialogue. Unlike a face-to-face activity, the chosen format of these conversations aims to refer us to the old correspondence, where there was a time lapse between the time a letter was received and answered. In this way, this program wants to claim the “slow reflection” in an era marked by the “here and now”.

This program started in 2016 under the statement “Well, what is photography?”, Rather than trying to provide a unique answer, the aim was to show how photography, understood as a set of technologies and practices, of discourses and languages and as a file in constant expansion, resists being fixed in a single place and time. The participants of these dialogues were: Abigail Solomon-Godeau and Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir, Urs Stahel and Hester Keijser, and Joan Fontcuberta with Geoffrey Batchen.

In 2017 the theme “Photography: In print | Online “, served as a starting point to approach these two environments, where photography resides and can be found. Fred Ritchin and Nathan Jurgenson in a first part, and Marta Gili with Georges Didi- Huberman in a second part, dialogue on photography from the channels of circulation and distribution of the images.

The edition of 2018 starts from the point of view of the receiver: under the motto “Reading images”, the dialogues will focus on how the image, as a language other than writing, is subject to other codes also associated with the symbolic and narrativity, as other ways to access information and knowledge. With Valentín Roma and Mercedes Cebrián in a first dialogue starting in May, and David Campany with Anastasia Samoylova in a second conversation starting in October.

In 2019 the new fascicule of Correspondences is divided into two thematic blocks that allow us to make a resonance with the exhibition program of the year. Coinciding with Laia Abril’s exhibition “On Abortion“, the dialogue between Remedios Zafra and María Ruido will revolve around the idea of the body and visual representation. The second part of the year will revolve around the idea of the image and counterculture, and will coincide with our exhibition dedicated to “La Movida”, inaugurated at Les Rencontres d’Arles in July and which will arrive in Barcelona in mid-October. The contributors will be Borja Casani and Andrea Valdés.

In 2020 comes the 5th edition of Correspondence, by Carles Guerra and Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, with Photography on Strike being the title of the new dialogue. As Carles himself points out in his first letter to Ariella, the aim will be “to focus on the role of photography regarding new ways of understanding political action. More specifically, what can photography do to improve this world without falling into the humanistic temptation that has dominated much of its history. ”

Coinciding with the exhibition ‘Based on True Stories. Foto Colectania Collection‘, the 2021 edition begins with a Correspondence between Rosa Olivares and Sema D’Acosta with the title Based on Spanish photography.


The dates of the 2021 Edition are:

Correspondences, biweekly publication of 4 letters between Rosa Olivares and Sema D’Acosta: January 7 and 21, February 4 and 18.
Face to Face: Final conversation via Zoom, February 25.


This program has the main collaboration of the Banco Sabadell Foundation:

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About Foto Colectania:

Foto Colectania is a private non-profit organization created in Barcelona in 2002 with the objective of disseminating photography in the social, artistic and educational spheres. Its activities and programmes include:

– A programme of exhibitions and activities that aims to show different photographic practices from an open perspective with special emphasis on areas related to education and research.
– Immersion in the virtual environment to create new experiences that are not only linked to the physical activities of the Centre and to generate new contents.
– Highlighting the Foto Colectania Collection, which consists of more than 3,000 photographs by Spanish and Portuguese photographers, through exhibitions at national and international institutions, in addition to the future creation of a new website that will make the collection available online.

More information:

Foto Colectania
Tel: +34 93 217 16 26

Passeig Picasso 14
08003 Barcelona | Spain

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