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Català Pic, Pere  

Joan Fontcuberta

(b Valls, nr Tarragona, Sept 14, 1889; d Barcelona, July 13, 1971).

Spanish Catalan photographer. He was brought up in Barcelona, where he worked for the photographer Rafael Areñas (1913–14). In 1915 he returned to Valls, where he ran his own studio until 1931. His interest in photographic theory led him to combine practical work with lecturing. He travelled throughout Europe, visiting museums and compiling information on photography and advertising. In 1931 he moved his studio permanently to Barcelona, specializing in industrial and advertising photography. Català Pic was a fervent admirer of Man Ray and was aware of modern art movements such as Constructivism and Futurism. In such works as the advertisement for Industrias gráficas Cantín (c. 1940) images of movement are multiplied and distorted to create a single powerful composition. Both his photographs and his theories were published in magazines, and from 1936 to 1939 he was publications manager of the Propaganda Commissariat of the Catalan Autonomous Government....