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  • Flamenco
  • Flamenco: Landscape of its Soul
    Gilles Larrain went on a two-week trip to Andalusia in 1983 to photograph flamenco for GEO magazine. He ended up staying for two months in the attic of La Carboneria—a flamenco venue in Seville — as guest to the owner, Paco Lira, a kind of godfather to the flamenco world. The photos of “flamenco: Landscapes of its Soul” are the result of Gilles’ endless nights at the Carboneria and his trips with Paco to the homes of some of flamenco’s legendary families. Others were taken at Gilles’ SOHO studio where he continues to photograph flamenco artists that come to New York. Gilles’ one-of-a-kind gelatin silver prints document major contemporary flamenco artists off stage in intimate settings. His photos capture the privileged studio moment and explore the visual aesthetics of flamenco that reflect the austere beauty of the Andalusian landscape.

    Through Gilles’ lens, we enter the inner circle of families and catch a glimpse at the hidden world where flamenco exists for its own sake, where spontaneous outbursts of song, dance and guitar playing are intermingled with the daily course of life.

    A flamenco guitarist himself, Gilles has hosted countless flamenco or jam sessions at his SOHO studio where he invites musicians from all over the world. Gilles prints all of his photographs himself in series of very limited editions. “Flamenco: Landscapes of its Soul” is a work-in-progress. Gilles plans on photographing more flamenco artists in Spain and at his studio in New York for the future publication of a book.

    Trina Bardusco, New York City, 2001

  • Olives trees Sevilla 1983
  • Belen Maya   Gilles Larrain Studio 1996
  • Belen Maya  Gilles Larrain Studio 1996
  • Potito, Changuito la Carboneria Sevilla 1983
  • Jose de la Tomasa   Sevilla 1983
  • Bacan family  Lebrija 1983
  • Jose de la Tomasa  la Carboneria Sevilla 1983
  • Chocolate   la Carboneria Sevilla 1983
  • Nino Jero and family   Sevilla 1983
  • Pedro Bacan and son    Lebrija 1983
  • La Perrata and her son El Lebrijano  Lebrija 1983
  • Potito and his father Changuito   La Carboneria Sevilla 1983
  • Maria Pages   Gilles Larrain Studio 1996
  • Tia Juana la del Pipa and family   Sevilla 1983
  • Fernanda Romero    Sevilla 1983
  • La Perrata and her son El Lebrijano in their home     Lebrija 1983
  • La Repompa and Raquel Heredia her daughter   Gilles Larrain Studio 1996
  • Santiago del Campo in his studio    Sevilla 1983
  • Mario Maya   Sevilla 1983
  • El Cabrero   Sevilla 1983
  • Rafael Riqueni    Sevilla 1983
  • El Cabrero with his goats and helper   Sevilla1983
  • El Chocolate La Carboneria    Sevilla 1983
  • Cristina Hoyos  La Carboneria  Sevilla 1983
  • El Farruco and Carmen Segura   Sevilla 1983
  • Fernanda Romero   Sevilla 1983
  • La Repompa, Raquel and Luis Heredia   Gilles Larrain Studio 1996
  • Angelita Gomez and Manuel Morao    Sevilla 1983
  • Diego Castellon    Gilles Larrain Studio 1995
  • Mario Maya    Sevilla 1983
  • Eiko Takahashi bailaora     Sevilla 1983
  • Rafael Jimenez    Gilles Larrain Studio 1996
  • La Tia Juana la del Pipa and family     Sevilla 1983
  • La Perrata and her son El Lebrijano in their home     Lebrija 1983
  • Manuel Morao     Sevilla 1983
  • Mario Maya Troupe      Sevilla 1983
  • Nati Romero       Sevilla 1983
  • Fernada Romero and family in her home      Sevilla 1983
  • Juana la del Revuelo    La Carboneria  Sevilla 1983
  • Jose de la Tomasa and friends     Sevilla 1983
  • El Cabrero    Sevilla 1983
  • Nino Jero and family      Sevilla 1983
  • Luis Caballero, Luis Postigo, Naranjito de Triana and Paco Lira. La Carboneria Sevilla 1983
  • Sara Erdes     Gilles Larrain Studio 1996
  • Pedro Bacan     Gilles Larrain Studio 1988
  • Diego del Gastor and Morito Montoya     Moron 1983
  • Eva Yerbabuena    Gilles Larrain Studio 2003
  • Soledad Barrios Martinez     Glles Larrain Studio  NYC  1995
  • Gypsy Kings     Gilles Larrain Studio NYC 1988
  • Pepe Romero     Sevilla 1983
  • Daniel Casares    Gilles Larrain Studio NYC 2005
  • Fernanda and Nati Romero    Sevilla 1983
  • Antonio El Pipa     Gilles Larrain Studio NYC 2006
  • Rafael de Utrera     Gilles Larrain Studio NYC 2004
  • Juana la del Revuelo    La Carboneria Sevilla 1983
  • David Serva      Gilles Larrain Studio NYC 1996
  • Carmen Segura and  El Farruco        Sevilla 1983
  • El Farruco and Carmen Segura     Sevilla 1983
  • Calixto Sanchez and guitarist  Manolo Franco,  Gilles Larrain Studio NYC 1998
  • Pedro Cortez     Gilles Larrain Studio NYC 1996
  • Luis Agujetas and Gilles Larrain at the guitar      Gilles Larrain Studio 2003