For over thirty years, Chema Conesa, winner of the 2012 Madrid Regional Government Photography Award, has been assembling an extensive biography of Spain through his portraits. His sitters include leading Spanish figures in a whole range of fields, as well as international celebrities. Miguel Delibes, Pedro Almodóvar, Miquel Barceló, Rafael Alberti, Camarón, Francis Bacon, Eduardo Chillida, Ana María Matute, Ferran Adriá, José Saramago and Francis Ford Coppola are just some of the iconic names who have posed for him. His portraits are almost always in colour, and almost always favour a pose which reveals the sitter in a new light.
This exhibition organised by the Madrid Regional Government comprises over a hundred photographs in a variety of formats, spanning the whole of his career and including both the private and the spectacular. A book containing a wide selection of his work has been published to coincide with the exhibition