Isabel Steva Hernández, “Colita”, was born in Barcelona in 1940. After finishing her pre-university studies she moved to Paris to study at the Sorbonne. On her return to Barcelona, she learned the photographer’s trade from Oriol Maspons, Julio Ubiña and Xavier Miserachs. In 1962 she worked on the film “Los Tarantos” and became friendly with the flamenco dancer Carmen Amaya, who introduced her to the art of flamenco. She spent two years in Madrid working on promotional campaigns for Antonio Gades and La Chung, before returning to Barcelona, where she worked for the progressive media of the day. She specialised in portraits, and in 1967 was part of the movement known as the “nova cançó catalana” (new Catalan song). Throughout her career as she has staged over forty exhibitions and published around thirty books. Her work hangs in the Catalan National Art Museum. She won the National Photography Award in 2014.

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