Ricard Terré

Galerie Vu

In an uncanny reversal of roles, photographer Ricard Terré has been stalking, Death since the mid-’50s. Not the imminent death that resides over battlefields, natural disasters, or police morgues, but the transcendent death that haunts the rituals of the living: Carnival, Holy Week processions, funerals. This unconventional pursuit had a precise beginning, in 1957 in Terré’s native Barcelona, where the twenty-nine-year-old business-school graduate turned painter and caricaturist had begun experimenting with photography: “It was during Holy Week,” he said. “Twenty-four shots in half an hour. All the work comes from there.” Indeed, the essence of Terré’s singular vision is to be found in these early photos, nearly a dozen of which were included among the selection of sixty past and present works that the Galerie Vu had the luxury of presenting in its nearly 5,000 square feet of converted

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