Els Quatre Gats or 4 Gats (as its commonly known) sparked my interest after having read about it in a wonderful book called "Shadow of the wind" by a Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon. The book was set in Barcelona so when I visited the city for the third time early this year, I made it a point to visit and dine in this famed restaurant. It opened in 1897 and was a popular haunt for Picasso and his mates. He apparently took on his first commissioned work by creating the front cover of the menu. This only peaked my interest more and sure enough, it didn't disappoint.
Els Quatre Gats or 4 Gats (as its commonly known) sparked my interest after having read about it in a wonderful book called “Shadow of the wind” by a Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon. The book was set in Barcelona so when I visited the city for the third time early this year, I made it a point to visit and dine in this famed restaurant. It opened in 1897 and was a popular haunt for Picasso and his mates. He apparently took on his first commissioned work by creating the front cover of the menu. This only peaked my interest more and sure enough, it didn’t disappoint.
Located in a narrow street just off the Placa de Catalunya, it was quite accessible. The atmosphere inside was dim and quite romantic. Old tables and chairs line the tapered entrance (for customers who are interested in having an afternoon coffee or cervesa and some churros con chocolate) but back part of the restaurant opens up to a two tiered proper dinning room. We managed to get a table for dinner and had a lovely meal (I had the house specialty lamb dish). It is a bit pricey (about 60-70 euros per head for a 3 course meal with wine) but well worth it seeing as you have a pianist and violinist to serenade you while you enjoy scrumptous bite after bite. Though I must say though that the waiters were a bit snooty and unaccommodating. :(
Take care to get in early as we were refused on our first visit. Reservations are not accepted, it’s by a first come first served basis
(or so we were told). All that aside, it’s definitely a great
LomoLocation if ever visiting the beautiful city of Barcelona.
One Christmas, David Townsend was given the Konstruktor by his wife. It sparked an idea in his head, taking inspiration from Jack Lowe's Lifeboat Station project and his love for photography. He built and beautifully customised the Konstruktor and has just embarked on his own long term analogue project, because a camera is for life, not just for Christmas. Learn more about his project in this interview.
It had been five years since my last visit to the Côte d'Azur in France. During this period, I took to film photography again. And so for my return, I was looking forward to capturing, with my handy film cameras, some of that special light and blue sea that had drawn so many artists to the Riviera.
Doug DuBois spent five summers photographing the small neighborhood of Russell Heights in Ireland to capture the essence of coming of age: the inevitable loss of youth and the imminent transition into adulthood. Those four years resulted in his latest book, My Last Day At Seventeen. The book is a visual tale told through a collection of photographs and gives an alternative perspective through a comic narrative around the same subject. This creative combination of two distinct narratives in one book not only works wonderfully in visual terms; it also serves as an essential tool that lets the reader dig deeper into the story being told, making one go back to the book over and over again, yet from a new perspective, every single time.
This article is dedicated to one of the finest British sport photographers, Monte Fresco. In his 30 years of reportage for the Daily Mirror, he took some of the most iconic photographs in sporting history. He covered football, tennis, and boxing. But it is his ice skating pictures that I am most fascinated with. Using my own lens, I give him a modern tribute.
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Lomographer Carina, or landei in the community, regards the Sprocket Rocket as a "versatile plastic camera." For her, it doesn't only take great travel snapshots but makes an interesting conversation starter as well. In this interview, Carina expounds more on what makes the Sprocket Rocket her go-to camera.
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This article is dedicated to Bruce Davidson, one of the most important American documentary photographers and a leading figure of the Magnum agency. Recalling his photos of the Worcester Fire Department in 1999, I'll show you my coverage of Como Fire Department's public demonstration, an annual event commemorating St. Barbara.