PHO705: Guest Lecture Sebastian Bruno

The video can be watched here.

An Argentinian photographer based in Wales from Newport University, Bruno is now based in Paris.

Bruno photographed in a dance club above a place he waited in. Using flash created an aesthetic he seemed to use extensively but disliked so turned to black and white.

This reduced the number of images and was more hands-on in developing and printing. He preferred the timeless look with few signs of the modern world.

light breaks where no sun shines pictures from Wales 2013-2019

Duelos y Quebrantos 2104-2018

In another project, Bruno contrasted a small Spanish village that represented his culture with Castilla La Mancha. He followed the places visited by fictional character Don Quixote (and Sancho Panza). This required a lot of travel by foot and sometimes other means.

A book was published, Grief and Sorrow.

The project took 4 years and Bruno needed to obtain part funding for an otherwise self funded project.

Bruno started some editorial work that allowed him to maintain complete control. He tried to work collaboratively and started to create some staged images. The outcome was that some staged images looked un-staged and vice versa.

Here is the library link to the book.

The Dynamic Newspaper 2015-present (Bruno, 2019)

The story of two people who tried to keep the last Abertillery newspaper alive. A commission was offered by the BBC but they would not let Bruno create a film without any previous video skills. In the end, he acted as director and collaborated with a videographer.

Apart from the film, there was an exhibition in Cardiff that included a recreation of the newspaper office. A phone would ring and a voice would direct the viewer around the office.

Julian from the Dynamic is helping to write part of the book. Seven months were spent filming. At the end of this Bruno was very tired and took off a whole of September to rest.

Bruno’s inspiration for storytelling comes from film and literature.

Bibliography

Bruno, S. (2019) The Dynamic Duo. Wales: BBC TWO. Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00098mm.