FADFEST - Festival de les Arts i del Disseny
FADFEST - Festival de les Arts i del Disseny
FADFEST - Festival de les Arts i del Disseny

The city of Barcelona captured by the lens

“The Photographed Barcelona” installation displayed the city’s different faces through a show of more than 2.800 photographs published in Barcelona during the past staging of the FADfest. These images composed a 7-metre mural located in the Glòries Market from 27 June to 2 July that was constantly updated as the festival progressed.

The exhibition, mounted for the FADfest’17 by the FAD and the Glòries Shopping Centre together with the 300.000km /s studio of architects, urban planners and engineers specializing in design and data analysis, plus the collaboration of Casanova Foto and its DNP photo printing kiosk, was dynamic and collaborative and had the aim of representing the city through the photographs published of it.

The photographed Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most intensively photographed cities in the world, either for its architecture or its streets, its food or its leisure offering. Of all these photographs, almost 60% portray the same city and most of them can be found on the web, thus presenting Barcelona to the world and recreating the city in the global collective imagination.

In “The Photographed Barcelona” all these images were printed to be displayed in the exact spot in the city where they were taken, forming a photographic map. The mural also called for the participation of citizens and visitors, who could collaborate in its construction by activating the geopositioning of their mobile phones and publishing their photos of Barcelona on Twitter with the #bcnfoto hashtag during the installation’s working schedule.

Besides the number of photos printed during the six days of the exhibition, more than 2.800, the final result of the installation clearly shows that a high percentage of the images published are of the Sagrada Familia and the city centre as well as the Barcelona coast and beaches, where hundreds of photographs were superposed on the same coordinates of the mural.