Technique: Photography. Giclée print from 2004
Dimensions: 112 x 112 cm.
Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma
Toni Catany dealt with different genres throughout his career: landscape, nude, still life and portrait. From 1994 on, he developed a whole series of photographs with the face as their central theme. Perfil, a large-format photograph taken in 1997, is a close-up of a masculine face which contrasts with a plain red background. As was customary through his compositions, he controlled nuances and artificial and human textures, achieving an authentic play on shadows, an aspect he was an absolute master of and which characterises the work of this Mallorcan photographer.
For his portraits, Catany usually had recourse to dancers, anonymous figures or people he met on his travels whom he felt attracted to. Perfil is one of the first digital photographs he took, the result of which he achieved thanks to giclée edition, a technique which consists of the digital reproduction of a digitalized image sent from a computer to an inkjet printer, enabling him to achieve a better result as regards colour. In Spain this technique was not very well-known, and Catany had the opportunity to learn it in Venezuela during an exhibition. Since then he used the digital method, thanks to which he obtained a range of colours it would be impossible to attain with analogue photography.
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