Fernell Franco - Photographs London Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Toluca Fine Art, Paris

  • Exhibited

    Fernell Franco: Cali Clair-Obscur, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 6 February - 5 June 2016; Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, 6 July - 27 November 2016, for another print

  • Literature

    F. Franco, D. R. Gómez, Fotografías, Editográficas, 1983, n.p.
    Fernell Franco: Amarrados (Bound), Americas Society, 2009, n.p.
    A. Fabry, Urbes Mutantes 1941-2012: Latin American Photography, RM/ Toluca Éditions, 2013, p. 126
    A. Fabry, Fernell Franco: Cali Clair-Obscur, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain/ Toluca Éditions, 2016, pp. 95-96

  • Catalogue Essay

    Prostitutas, Fernell Franco’s frst major series, is comprised of 16 photographs of sex workers in brothels in the port city of Buenaventura. The complete series was first exhibited in March 1972 in his hometown of Cali at Ciudad Solar, and since then, all 16 works have not been shown together. Franco’s other projects include Amarrados, Interiores, Billares, Demoliciones and Retratos de ciudad.

  • Artist Biography

    Fernell Franco

    Colombian • 1942 - 2006

    One of Latin America’s pre-eminent photographers, Fernell Franco was a leading figure of the Cali Group (named after the city where he lived most of his life). He first encountered the urban underbelly of Colombia as a teenager while working for a photographic studio as a bike messenger. He later pursued photography in journalism and in advertising before turning to his first series Prostitutas in 1970. In 2016, a major retrospective of his work was presented at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris and Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City.

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Property from a Private Collection, France


Untitled from Prostitutas

Toned gelatin silver print.
38 x 26 cm (14 7/8 x 10 1/4 in.)

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £10,000

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London Auction 3 November 2016