Baylón. Madrid en plata gathers a selection of black-and-white works by the well-known photographer of Madrid Luis Baylón. The images – a tribute to the streets of Madrid and its people – are drawn from thirty years of Baylón’s career. The novel focus is on the combination of sequence and chance, and on the association of ideas.
What is here proposed is not the classic method of presenting isolated images which, in retrospect, enter into dialogue with each other, but rather an attempt to let the notion of sequence speak for itself, taking groups of two or three photographs that happen to come together on the roll and thus letting chance express itself on its own, revealing its own cadence, that sense of direction it has maintained without our realizing it
Book Specs: Baylón. Madrid en plata by Luis Baylón published by Editorial RM & Ediciones La Bahía 2021 | Binding: Softcover | Pages: 160 pages, 323 images | Dimensions: 21 x 34 cm | Language: Bilingual (Spanish/English) | ISBN: 978-84-17975-71-5. Available here.
Luis Baylón was born in Madrid in April, 1958. When he was eighteen years old he bought his first camera and enrolled in a school of photography. In 1986 he started to freelancing for the press and magazines.
After his first trip to India in 1992, he was invited to exhibit his work at an art gallery and by 1994 his work was part of the Culladó Collection. As from then, the publication of his first book Tarde de toros (1996) was imminent and his series Madrid anónimo was exhibited for the first time in France. Between 2000 and 2006, the photographer won the Community of Madrid Prize and the Endesa Scholarship, he exhibited at Canal de Isabel II and published the catalogue Guirigato (2001) and his photobooks titled Solo fumadores (2003), Par de dos (2005) and Benarés (2006).
Other publications and exhibitions of Baylón include Ladrones de corazones (2009) in association with an art gallery, Escataparte (2011) with the Man Ray collective and Pequineses / Beijing (still unpublished, but exhibited).