alfons cabrera captures the brutalist and rationalist facades of benidorm, spain
alfons cabrera unveils a series of photographs representing the brutalist and rationalist facades of benidorm, a small town a few hours from barcelona, spain. Besides its disproportionate growth and its commitment to mass tourism, Benidorm is characterized by its extreme urbanism and its kitsch aesthetic. alfons would take the photos of the street if the angle was right and there were no trees or obstacles in the way, but he also didn’t hesitate to climb up to capture the perfect snapshot.all images are courtesy of alfons cabrera
although alfons cabrera is a photojournalist specializing in political conflicts, he enjoys architecture and photographing buildings. when the francisco franco regime was forced to relax its isolationism in order to allow money to enter, sun and sand tourism experienced a huge epidemic in spain. benidorm has spearheaded this change: once a small Mediterranean village, today it is a seaside town dotted with skyscrapers, with a population ranging between 150,000 and 400,000. it is a resort town of world famous, engaged in tourism since its conception.
‘It’s only 5 hours from Barcelona, but every year when I have the chance to travel and work abroad, I end up going to a foreign country and working on a social or political conflict. but the pandemic’s travel restrictions in 2020 were the perfect excuse to finally drive to Benidorm.‘ Alfons said.
before visiting the region, the artist had already seen many buildings in google, instagramming and googlemapping. However, best for his project was the endless walk in the middle of the buzzing region and the appropriate light for his clicks. ‘when the light is not good, i save the place on google maps and come back to a time when i think it’s going to be a good time. I am using a sony a7iii and a sigma 24-75, and I process the images with photoshop. ‘ notes the artist.
Last name: rationalist architecture of benidorm
artist: alfons cabrera
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edited by: christina petridou | design boom