The photographer and publicist Leopoldo Pomés has been awarded this Tuesday, October 2, with the National Photography Award 2018, granted by the Ministry of Culture and Sports and is endowed with 30,000 euros. The jury unanimously awarded the prize "for its contribution to the history of the image in Spain, with a history, linked in its beginnings to the artistic vanguard of the group Dau al Set and AFAL, and always committed to modernity; Leopoldo Pomés has participated in the configuration of our collective imagination, introducing a new photographic language within advertising, with a renewed look at the society of his time ".
Pomés (Barcelona, 1931) acquired its first photographic camera in 1946 and nine years later it burst into the Spanish panorama of photography with its first exhibition, held at the disappeared Galerías Layetanas in Barcelona. In 1961 he created, together with Karin Leiz, Pomés Studios and began to dedicate himself to film and advertising.
The jury has unanimously awarded the prize "for its contribution to the history of the image in Spain
In 1965 he was awarded at the Cannes Advertising Film Festival and six years later he won the Golden Lion of advertising cinema in Venice. In 1982 he participated in a celebrated exhibition, together with Catalá-Roca, Xavier Miserachs and Oriol Maspons. In 1995 he exhibited his series 'Toros' at ARCO and at the Centro Andaluz de la Fotografía. In 1997 a great retrospective of his work was made at the Palau de la Virreina in Barcelona.
Illustrator of numerous books, in the transit between the XX and XXI century he exhibited his photographs in theaters such as the Palau de la Virreina (1997), the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid (2001) and the Michael Hoppen Gallery (2010). In 2012, the Foto-Colectania Foundation exhibited its photographs taken in Barcelona in 1967. The exhibition 'Leopoldo Pomés. Flashback 'was presented in 2015 on Canal de Isabel II in Madrid.
Pomés (Barcelona, 1931) acquired its first camera in 1946 and nine years later it burst into the Spanish panorama of photography
He has work in the collections of the Valencian Institute of Modern Art, the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, the Museu Tèxtil i d'Indumentària de Barcelona, the Andalusian Center of Photography (Almería) and the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London, among others.
Although he is best known for his professional career in the field of advertising and visual communication, in 2006 he left this activity to devote himself fully to his photographic work. He has been awarded the Gold Medal for Artistic Merit of the Barcelona City Council, with the Plastic Arts Prize of the Generalitat of Catalonia in 1998 and with the Cruz de Sant Jordi in 1999.