Diego López Calvín



“The solargraphy is the image that registers the Sun print in its apparent movement on the vault of heaven. These images are produced with pinhole cameras on photosensitive materials, so that they appear as visible and direct prints with no need of being chemically processed. (…) The solargraphs belong to that group of images which let us experience the characteristics and limitations of the systems that pretend signify the reality. Life goes very quickly, we lose details which would require more time to be noticed. With solargraphs we discover a way of watching slowly.” D. López Calvín

With the help of photosensitive material, freeze drinks cans and silicone, Diego López Calvín took solargraphs of Getxo last summer of 2007 when he was invited by the festival. During GETXOPHOTO the five solargraphs resulting from the Getxo landscape were exhibited and the author gave a practising lesson about the process.

López Calvín was born in Soria, Spain, in 1965. After studying Information Sciences in the Complutense University of Madrid, he fixed his residence in Madrid where he works as a film photographer in cinema and tv productions. He also collaborates with the magazine Marie Claire. In 1999, after several months filming in Formentera (Balearic Islands), he finishes his work as scene photographer in Julio Medem’s Lucía y el sexo. In this film the sun is a very important element. In 2000 his new photographic project appears, in which artists, photographers and people interested in pinhole cameras and celestial bodies’ movements take part. Since then he experiences with photosensitive materials and pinhole cameras.