Joan-Ramon Manchado is a sculptor and photographer, based in Barcelona. In 2018 he began photographing people in public spaces of different cities around the world, sometimes including the urban context and other times avoiding it to give maximum prominence to human beings.
Although he does not renounce digital photography, he is especially interested in the materiality of the photographic object and in traditional techniques that allow him to experiment in the different phases of the process.
Passers-by is the first work that he publishes. It was awarded in the Portfolio Review of the Revela'T Festival 2021 and has been a finalist in the Lens Culture Black and White Photography Awards and in the Fotonostrum Portrait Award.
Statement about Passers-by
"No one pays heed to the apparently abstruse fact that other people are also living souls." - Fernando Pessoa (The book of Disquiet)
I usually photograph people in the street; passers-by I come across with when I’m walking in different cities around the world. Photography allows me to capture an underlying dimension that I could hardly perceive with the naked eye. It’s a hybrid process that begins with digital capture and ends with the completion of the blueprint, whose monochromatic tones and loss of detail contribute to emphasize the most essential of the images. This way, without imposture or context, Passersby’s faces are revealed to me in an unequivocally transcendent manner.