A look at a different Alhambra by Javier Abella

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A look at a different Alhambra by Javier Abella

Granada’s Alhambra in the lens of Javier Abella. Photo: Javier Abella
Granada’s Alhambra in the lens of Javier Abella. Photo: Javier Abella

In a sort of x-ray picture of reality, the Madrid-born photographer Javier Abella unveils the magical corners in the Alhambra – one of Spain’s most iconic and popular tourist attractions – by showing it from an unusual perspective in ‘Otras realidades. La Alhambra’ (Other Realities. The Alhambra).

The exhibition will be on at the Casa de los Tiros Museum in Granada until 30 September. It comprises about 20 backlit photo negatives of the Alhambra, showing a different side to this architectural and historical gem.

The images show poetic visions of the Alcazaba, the Nasrid Palace, the Generalife, the Palace of Charles V, the Partal and the Church of Santa María. They thus offer a fresh look at iconic sites in which shadows become lights and the negative looks positive.

The exhibition itself summarises a 153-photo book published by Arbella after working on his project for 14 months.

 ‘Otras realidades’ encompasses iconic buildings or sites in other cities too: Madrid, Barcelona, London, Berlin… In all of them, Arbella uses the same technique as in Granada.