Marco Antonio Cobo Grijuela
C / N Otero 4 39100, Santa Cruz de Bezana, Cantabria, Spain
Date of Birth: 1965/03/30 | Spanish nationality
Born in 1965 in Santander, northern Spain, a place that by its geography and meteorology has a landscape and human idiosyncrasies of special beauty, beautiful beaches and high snowy mountains just a few kilometers far, not forgetting its wonderful women of such beauty and qualities.
All this combined with a special sensitivity, influence of a clear and although a little late, with 22 years as the economic possibilities are enough to buy his first reflex, today can be considered a photographer and enjoy it, even though a child when her mother to the family photos with her old camera, he does not comfortable, … maybe it was because he kept «click».
Once past the starting point, back in 1991 when he decided to participate in courses and workshops photograph of their environment, learning and installing a homemade lab BN with that old DURST, which had provided dual condenser head and target for both medium format to 35 mm., which allows you to discover the magic and passion for photography and knows that without these experiences would not be what it is today and feel. Two key areas in this development were, on the one hand, the ECLIPSE group, a human group that unites photography as a tool for expression, and on the other, the Photography Workshop at the «La Vidriera» Cultural Center in Camargo, where I learn and practice the technique Photographic.
This passion grew so that in 1994, decides to face photography as a profession and to undertake a study of photography and social reportage that lasted 14 years, where he learned not only photography, but to live life in the dealing with customers and people, for the development of the professional practice. It was at this stage, which «suffered» global change to new technologies and the arrival of the digital revolution, what makes you take real pleasure for all the old photographs, emulsions and paper and paperboard of which were manufactured. Having gone through its hundreds of them for restoration hands, begins to learn and work self, thanks to new computer techniques. Likewise acquired taste like social reportage, greatly in their most emotional part.
But this was priced and it was a business and as such could not feel free to how he feels now, given the need to be awakened to express otherwise in this medium. Therefore at the end of 2007, the decision to end this part, creating another turning point in his life and that he was in dry dock for nearly two years, as far as developing photographic work is concerned. A drop in bike with a long and know injury to which today is his girlfriend, artist, are two key milestones to begin in 2010, this new era in photography, where again enjoy this passion with total freedom to cover the need to express, with their imagination and thought the only chains that can hold that freedom.
Photographer since 1991, which sandwiched a period between the years 1994/2007, which takes photography as a commercial activity within the social reportage and portrait studio.
Being photography my tool of expression, I am curious about all the technical advances that this discipline is accepting at great speed, but the main interest is in seeing what is happening to me at every moment. The experimentation of my own sensations and emotions when photographing, as well as of these innovative technical capacities, is how I develop my work, using different capture devices, mobile, camera and its different applications.
The result is constituted in abstract images, where a very common characteristic in this medium, such as perspective, is eliminated, giving way to shapes, colors, textures, etc., looking for a high level of subjectivity. I also explore with figurative images, where through digital editing I intervene photography, even reaching the field of «photography» or «photographic graphics».
I am of the opinion that referents are essential in any creative process, and if in the past these referents were purely photographic, I am currently looking for other visual arts, such as painting. This makes me return to my «first look» and that a creative process originates, where I try to get my own references. In short, when I feel an impulse, an emotion, an idea and my intuition is activated, I try not to escape because it is very important, sheltering my sensitivity and need for expression. I also develop topics in a conscious way that touch my heart, such as nature or beauty, in a parallel way.
1991 – Basic Course in Photography at the Cultural Center’s La Vidriera de Camargo (Imaging and darkroom).
Photography Advanced Course in Cultural Center Window (Creative Photography in camera and in the darkroom).
1992 – Free Expression Photography Workshop (October 1991 to July 1992), Cultural Center La Vidriera.
1993 – Free Expression Photography Workshop (October 1992 to July 1993), Cultural Center La Vidriera.
1997 – Adobe Photoshop (self).
2003 – Typing via PC, Galileo Academy, Maliaño.
2010 – Workshop «Adobe Lightroom 3». Fernando Sanchoyarto – A.C. Group Photo Rincones de Cantabria.
Workshop «HDR without fanfare.» Guillermo Luyk – A.C. Group Photo Rincones de Cantabria.
2011 – Master Course «THE MAGIC OF CREATION AS spiritualize your work.» Carlos Zapata – UIMP Santander.
2012 – Photography Course – CNFOTO.
Course «PHOTOGRAPHY AND COMPOSITION». Jose Benito – CNFOTO.
2013 – Course «SPEECH OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY». Ciuco Gutierrez – CNFOTO.
Master Course «COLOR AND PAINTING IN THE WORK OF THE AUTHOR». José María Cuasante – UIMP Santander.
Workshop «Adobe Lightroom 4». Fernando Sanchoyarto – A.C. Group Rincones de Cantabria.
2014 – Workshop, Photo + edition photograph of fantasy. Alain Perdomo – A. StelaFotográfica of Torrelavega.
Workshop, Photo + Printing Edition + BN documentary photography. Gabriel Brau – A. StelaFotográfica of Torrelavega.
Workshop «Adobe Lightroom 5». Fernando Sanchoyarto – A.C. Group Photo Rincones de Cantabria.
Master Course «the moment». José María Sicilia – UIMP Santander.
Master Course «THE ARTIST IN THE DIGITAL AGE». José Manuel Ballester – UIMP Santander.
Course «PHOTOGRAPHY AND AUTO RELEASE, Design and Development of the photographic book PhotoArt Xavier Molla FESTIVAL -.. CNFOTO.
Workshop «Developing & Processing for Advanced Landscape Photography (Lr and Ps). Javier de la Torre and Jesus M. Garcia.
2015 – Master Course «of existence to the idea.» José Cobo Calderón – UIMP Santander.
Course «From Instagram to the Art Gallery» PhotoArt FESTIVAL. Pepe Teran – CNFOTO.
2016 – Copyright and intellectual property in the photograph. Francisco Lopez Estrada, lawyer – CNFOTO.
Workshop: From the model to the exhibition. The photographed object. Julia Garcia, interior – CNFOTO.
Workshop: Photographs mushrooms. Alex Alonso.
Course: personal look. Isabel Díez, photographer of nature – A.C. Photo Group Rincones de Cantabria.
2017 – «EXPLORING THE PROCESS: CREATIVITY AND STRATEGIES IN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY». Javier Vallhonrat – UIMP.
Workshop «QUE HACE BUENA A UNA FOTO». José María Mellado – A.C. Photo Group Rincones de Cantabria.
2018 – Master Course, «PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR». Isabel Muñoz – UIMP.
Master Course, «EPHEMERAL TECHNOLOGIES: OBSOLESCENCE AS A PARADIGM». Daniel Canogar – UIMP.
Digital processing workshop «NEW METHOD 6 STEPS». Juan Pablo de Miguel.
1994/2000 – Manager «Prisma Photo Gallery» in Maliaño, dedicated to social reportage, studio photography and publindustrial.
2000/2007 – Manager «Contrasts Photography» in Maliaño, dedicated to social reportage (photo and video), photography studio, publindustrial and digital image processing.
EXHIBITIONS AND COMPETITIONS
1992 – Exhibition «First Marathon photographic Camargo». La Vidriera de Camargo.
1993 – First prize «2nd Photographic Marathon Camargo»
Exhibition «YARMEN AND FRAME» exhibition hall Cultural Center La Vidriera.
Exhibition «2nd Photographic Marathon Camargo. La Vidriera.
1994 – Jury «3rd Marathon photographic Camargo.
1997 – Exhibition «Our bond the glass “La Vidriera”. La Vidriera.
2014 – Exhibition «Cantabria Territory and Landscape» at the Castle-Lighthouse of Castro Urdiales.
«This month presents …», A.C. Cantabria Photo Rincones de Cantabria Group: http://www.arinconesdecantabria.es/2014/12/este-mes-exponemarco-antonio-cobo.html
First place in 1X Weekly Theme «Fence». https://issuu.com/1xmagazine/docs/1x_magazine_2_january_2015/308?e=0
2015 – Exhibition «Off» PhotoArt Festival. CNFOTO.
Audio-visual «plays Torrelavega» PhotoArt Festival. CNFOTO.
Collective exhibition «30 x 30» in the East Gallery, Santander.
2016 – Collective «A Space, New Values and Proposals» at the National Center of Photography of Torrelavega.
Second Exhibition «Off» PhotoArt Festival. CNFOTO.
2018 – Exhibition «CAFÉ – TÉ», at the Cultural Center Dr. Madrazo, Santander.
2019 – Collective Exhibition Photographic Association Asemeyando, FIDMA (International Trade Fair of Asturias)
2020 – Winner of the I FAAF League, (Federación Asturiana de Asociaciones Fotográficas)
2015 – Guest artist in the Second International Fair of Contemporary Art in Linyi, China.
2016 – «Utterances cum grano salis», Exhibition for Art of Spain by five Spanish Artists, at the ShenZhen Fine Art Institute, ShenZhen, China.
2016 – Museum ShenZhen Fine Art Institute.
2016 – CNFOTO, Centro Nacional de Fotografía de Torrelavega.
2012 – «Anatomy of a picture,» Engadget Photo: http://www.xatakafoto.com/colecciones/anatomia-de-una-foto-naturaleza-integrada-por-marco-antonio-cobo
2013 – «PASSION» Yearbook 2013 1x.com: https://1x.com/passion/
2015 – 1x Magazine N 2: https://issuu.com/1xmagazine/docs/1x_magazine_2_january_2015/308?e=0
Audiovisual «plays Torrelavega» PhotoArt Festival 2015. https://youtu.be/e1_bPvxFENE
2016 – «VISIONS» 1x.com Yearbook 2016: https://1x.com/visions
2017- «X» Yearbook 2017 1x.com: https://1x.com/x/
2018 – Marco Antonio Cobo, el fotógrafo de la semana en «carrete digital.com»