The exhibition, Photobook Phenomenon, organised by the Contemporary Culture Centre of Barcelona (CCCB) and the Foto Colectania Foundation, is based on a very specific medium, the photobook. It revisits the history of photography and re-examines the medium itself. The photobook occupies a central place in contemporary photography since it is a natural home for photography, and consequently the medium through which a particular history is told through images. It is, furthermore, a well-known format that has seen notable growth over recent years.
The founding of self-help associations was quite common during the early years of the 20th century in Catalonia and also, specifically, in Terrassa, where people from the Les Ports district settled and, as a group, established a similar presence to those from Aragon and Andalusia and other parts of Spain. Because the flaó connection works. What is more surprising is that the association they founded is still going today. It is also surprising that somebody would be able to motivate so many people as Julio Carbó did for this exhibition. Now he has sought to make a visual journey through the photographic history of the district of Les Ports from the first documented image, taken around 1870, to the present day.