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‘The Poetic Instant and the Architectural Image’, photographs from the Paco Gómez Archive.

Until 17 June, Foto Colectania Foundation is hosting the exhibition ‘Total Records. ‘The Poetic Instant and the Architectural Image’, brings together more than 150 images and other materials, such as magazines and publications. Francisco Gómez is considered to be one of the most singular photographers amongst the group of authors which rejuvenated Spanish photography during the mid-20th century.

The exhibition shows photographs from the archive in which shows Francisco Gomez’s architectural photography and his editorial collaborations. The exhibition begins with a selection of images from the beginning of his career, between 1957 and 1963, showing his evolution through the interpretation of architecture, the periphery or emigration from the countryside to the city, amongst other themes.

More information about the Paco Gómez Archive

The Francisco Gómez photography archive is comprised of more than 24,000 negatives and almost 1,000 copies, donated to Fundación Foto Colectania, making it the only complete archive which has been conserved.


Paco Gómez was one of the protagonists of the intense Spanish photography renewal process in the mid-20th century. His career took a turn and began to take off when he started to collaborated with the Architectura magazine published by the Colegio de Arquitectos de Madrid, from 1959-1974. This collaboration led to his work to become enormously diversified, opening it up to genres such as architectural photography, reporting or the emerging practice of urban documentary.


Francisco Gomez’s works are published in important public and private collections, including the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) in Madrid, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM) in Valencia, Fundación Telefónica de Madrid or Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC) in Seville, amongst others.