Terré Ricard
Sant Boi de Llobregat (La niña bizca)

Ricard Terré

About the artist

1928 — 2009

Ricard Terré was a Spanish social documentary photographer. Having begun his career as a cartoonist and painter, he was twenty-seven before photography found him. His body of work, although on the whole not morbid, includes a significant number of photographs of funerals, religious processions and faces hidden behind veils — the living mourning the dead. His work, highly stylised, had an avant-garde appeal. First exhibited in 1957, Terré would give up photography a decade later, only to return to the art form in the '80s with a new perspective and, from the '90s, shooting on a Nikon automatic: a faster way of photographing people, in a new era in which life seemed to move faster.

His work in this second phase of his career contained more light and seemed more whimsical. Terré was awarded the Bartolomé Ros Prize by PhotoEspaña in 2008 for his lifetime's work. He died the following year. Recent exhibitions across Spain and a number of publications of his work by Vú in Paris have ensured that Terré's photography lives on for future generations to find both curiosity and masterful technical ability in.

Technical information

Image 1: Sant Boi de Llobregat (La niña bizca), 1958
Size: 100 x 80 cm 
Print techique: gelatin-silver bromide on paper and aluminium 
Extra: unique edition