Humberto Rivas, “Creator of Images” (Given name of the recently retrospective exhibition at MAPFRE foundation, Madrid, Spain - which will travel through Europe) was one of the most important Argentine photographers in history and an essential figure in the development of photography in Spain (National Photography Award, Spanish Ministry of Culture, 1998). In 1976, due to the military dictatorship implanted in Argentina, he went to continue his career in Spain, but not without leaving his mark on the Argentine art scene. He was a part of “Grupo Forum” and 60’s Di Tella’s generation, and portrayed important intellectual figures such as Jorge Luis Borges, Romulo Macció, Roberto Aizenberg and Juan Carlos Distefano, among others. The arrival of Rivas to Barcelona was significant for the cultural scene of the city. The impact caused by his work was an important boost for a group of artists who wanted to value photography as a creative media, which at that time was in a situation of marginality compared to other artistic disciplines. He joined the young photographers meeting around the Spectrum gallery (the only exhibition space for photography in the city), that sought to raise photography to the same level as works of art, therefore to have photographers considered as image creators from their subjective and personal perpective, at a time when there was no creative Spanish photography to speak of and when North American and European photographers were the main point of reference.
Rolf Art exhibition proposal for AIPAD Show’19, presents a careful selection of Humberto Rivas’ most iconic and rare essays in black & white silver gelatin prints from the 80s and 90s, displayed in three different genres: interior landscape, portrait, and Still Life, amongst them: Luci (1990), London (1979) and Barcelona (1980); featuring a poetic of the passage of time and treatment of light which reveales the great mastery of his technique, pictorial legacy, and the power to evoke through images the secret they conceal.