Fotografia a Catalunya

Antoni Bernad

Antoni Bernad


Antoni Bernad studied Fine Art and worked for six years as a graphic artist for advertising agencies. In 1966 he decided to concentrate professionally on photography and he moved to Paris. Unlike other agency photographers of the time, whose work displayed a very technical quality, Bernad's photography began to display a more aesthetic vision.

His style is not an easy one to classify. His work displays great scene control as well as his obvious passion for art, architecture, cinema, theatre, dance and music. All of these combine in his photography in a creative universe expressed through the treatment of figures and light in both interior and exterior photography. His mastery of space and his scene control meant he could create worlds, tell stories and awake emotions.

For more than 40 years he worked with the best professional publications, becoming one of the most renowned and sought-after fashion photographers. His work appeared in Elle, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, AD, Telva, El País Semanal, Yo Dona, and Woman and his clients included Pronovias, Chanel, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Carolina Herrera, Emporio Armani, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pertegaz, and MANGO...

But Bernad was more than a professional fashion photographer, his portrait photography went beyond commissions of that kind, as demonstrated by his portraits of such well-known figures as Dalí, Paloma Picasso, Horst, David Hockney, Tàpies, Català-Roca, Manolo Blahnik, Joan Miró, Mercè Rodoreda and Ryszard Kapuściński...

His portraits always attempt to touch the soul and reflect the most intimate emotions. They avoid affectation and seek to produce images that have clear, direct readings. He always sought to distract the attention of the people who posed for him in order to capture the precise moment when the intimidating presence of the camera was momentarily forgotten.

He took part in the New York Catalonia: Design & Art & Fashion exhibition (Armory, New York, 1990) and since then has held various exhibitions such as the Passarel·la Gaudí, the Palau Robert (Barcelona, 2002 and 2005) and more recently, We Got it, at the Casino in Eivissa (2001). His work is exhibited in the collections held by the MNAC and MACBA.


BERNAD, Antoni; BOHIGAS, Oriol; VILA, Enric. Catalans : retrats / Antoni Bernad. Barcelona: Ajuntament de Barcelona, 2015

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