Lucien Hervé (1910-2007) was one of the great architectural photographers of the 20th century. His methodological and conceptual patterns were reflected in his work, which includes a long collaboration with Le Corbusier.
In 1958 he launched the project for a photobook on the monastery of El Escorial commissioned by the RM publishing house in Barcelona, and a year later, during a trip around Spain, a second commission on popular Mediterranean architecture arose. Although they remained unpublished, both works were the object of constant revision by the photographer throughout his life.
Sixty years later, both photobooks are published, preceded by specialised texts by architects Javier Mosteiro and Marco Iuliano. The publication is completed by a volume in which Iñaki Bergera and art historian Horacio Fernández offer us an overview of the artist's life and investigate the relationship between these two projects.
Text in English and Spanish.
Volume 1: Prefacio / Preface - Judith Hervé; Hervé en España. Blancos y negros, luces y sombras / Hervé in Spain. Whites and Blacks, Lights and Shadows; - Iñaki Bergera; Rigor y tijeras / Rigueur and Scissors - Horacio Fernández.
Volume 2: Mediterránea / Mediterranean - Marco Iuliano; Arquitectura popular española / Spanish Popular Architecture - Lucien Hervé.
Volume 3: El Escorial, a la luz -y contraluz- de Lucien Hervé: imágenes y reflexiones / El Escorial in the Light - and the Backlight - of Lucien Hervé: Images and Reflections - Javier Mosteiro; El Escorial - Lucien Hervé.
Published to accompany an exhibitions at PhotoEspaña, Galería José de la Mano, Madrid, from 5 June to 31 July 2019.