PHotoEspaña Festival Notes: 5/30

Madrid in the morning is a beautiful thing to behold. So as I set out on my first day of PHotoEspaña's tenth annual show, meandering from one photo venue to another was almost as enjoyable as the actual exhibitions—almost. The day began with an exhibition of Lynn Davis' Icebergs and Ancient Persia series at the Meseo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Davis' icebergs from Disko Bay, Greenland, first photographed in 1986, catalyzed her departure from human representation in her photography.

Madrid in the morning is a beautiful thing to behold. So as I set out on my first day of PHotoEspaña's tenth annual show, meandering from one photo venue to another was almost as enjoyable as the actual exhibitions—almost. The day began with an exhibition of Lynn Davis' Icebergs and Ancient Persia series at the Meseo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Davis' icebergs from Disko Bay, Greenland, first photographed in 1986, catalyzed her departure from human representation in her photography. But these images are enhanced not by comparison with less "minimalistic" photography, but by the additional images of her equally stark Persia work. By pairing Davis' oversized landscapes of house-sized icebergs and dilapidated temples, the show draws out her themes of erosion and transformation.