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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


A photographic and anthropological exposure of the flamenco and gypsy world in Spain and New York.
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