La niña blanca. La Chanca, Almería (The White Girl. La Chanca, Almería)

Carlos Pérez Siquier

Almería, Spain, 1930 - 2021
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    La Chanca, Almería
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    Gelatin silver print on fiber-based paper
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    Image: 33,8 x 22,4 cm / Support: 40,3 x 30,2 cm
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In 1956 Carlos Pérez Siquier began to photograph the locals of La Chanca, a neglected and poor neighbourhood in Almeria, for a photo-study that never got beyond the project stage. He worked there until the mid-1960s, first in black and white, then in colour. Although Pérez Siquier claimed that his wish was to “praise these people”, like the humanist photography created by the exhibition The Family of Man (1955), the pictures of La Chanca were considered images of critical reportage along the lines of Juan Goytisolo’s book La Chanca (1962), in which he states that in La Chanca “they live the enslaved life of the man under the yoke of barbarous colonial exploitation.”

Horacio Fernández