Garcia Quintana, Spanish photographer born in Huelva (Spain) in 1949 and a professional photographer since the early 80s when he establishes his own laboratory. From an early age he is influenced by a diversity of styles, from portrait and documentary to street photography. His personal style evolves accordingly until he finds his own unique style, which he calls "intimate" and not exempt from "lyricism".
The discovery of the works of Sarah Moon, Tony Catany, the Eguiguren brothers and Vallhonrat, as well as the launch of the publication "Nueva Lente" in the limited photographic landscape of Spain of the 70s and 80s, has a great impact on him both aesthetically and emotionally. However, Manuel claims that his earliest influence was Velazquez and the Flemish and Impressionists painters. "All I have learnt about composition comes from studying paintings" - he says. He talks passionatley about his love for music, film and literature which have also fed into his work. One of his latest projects for example is called "El Arte de la Fuga (The Art of Fugue)" in reference to Bach´s work. Here he portrays the City of London in a "broken" form, where skyscrapers and neighboring buildings seem to project onto each other.
Garcia Quintana balances his independence as a photographer with the utmost respect for the classical styles of form and composition. With his vision of the world he provokes subtle ruptures with mainstream trends securing his role of nonconformist artist. In the series "Venecia Azul" (Blue Venice) he joins classicism with modernity. A Venice where tourists and colour are part of the architectonic landscape. "With Venice I have tried to portray my personal interpretation of the city as I was getting to know it. It was a very emotional experience and I was lucky to experience it in the rain and thick fog. The experience of arriving to Venice for the 1st time is so strong that all you have learnt about her beforehand disappears".
With limited interest in self promotion, most of his work, as varied as it is risky, remains unpublished.