Hidden Glances

This, Gonzalo Hergueta’s directorial debut, is an excoriating glance into the photographic world of Spanish image-maker Isabel Muñoz—a figure who, since the early 1980s, has turned her lens toward characters who challenge their societal structures and, consequently, face extreme injustice. Looking at the past ten years of her career—and the motivations that keep her working at 75 years of age—Hergueta attempts to speak about the dichotomies between photography and the reality that it seeks to portray. “When documenting Isabel and her space,” explains the filmmaker of his candid portrait of one of photography’s true mavericks, “I wanted to use the same composed and minimalistic aesthetic that is found in her photographs, while the field work is shot in a raw and unfiltered manner—documenting the chaos behind each situation. It allows the viewer to focus on the raw humanity behind each photographed individual, creating a close link between the two.”


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