Biography of Xavier Miserachs (1937-1998)

Spanish photographer, born in Barcelona (Catalonia) in 1937 and died in the same city in 1998, was one of the most outstanding professionals of the post-war period, which marked the history of photography in Spain through his work. As a photographer and journalist he/she covered some of the most outstanding events of the past 30 years, as the May 1968, the Green March in Morocco and the rise of Khomeini in Iran. Their snapshots could see in triumph, Gazette pictorial and interview magazines.

Son of a catalan hematologist and a Republican librarian, made their first steps in the world of photography at age 12, and at 17 won first prize in a photography contest. In 1974 he/she published Barcelona, white and black, considered one of the best books of photographs of postwar, which portrays his hometown. Then came a dozen more books, which helped Mario Vargas Llosa, the Cubs (1969); Carlos Barral, Catalonia from the Sea (1982) and Catalonia (1984) bird's; Montserrat Roig, Barcelona (1987) bird's eye, etc. His first book as writer and last adventure that was released before his death on 14 August 1998, a cancer victim, was Fulls of contact (contact sheets), a fragmented memoir that won the Gaziel award of memories. He/She left unfinished his second book, a volume that was titled photographic criteria. Notes for a course in photography, where he/she talked about nursing photography.