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Cadaques is a small Mediterranean fishing village in Spain, north of Barcelona.
It is well-known because the surrealistic painter Salvador Dali was living and working there. Also Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray, as well as many other famous artists, have been living and working in Cadaques.
This tradition of Cadaques being an artist-village is still very much alive. Michel Szulc Krzyzanowski lived in Cadaques from 2000 to 2005. In those days about 30 artists lived and worked in Cadaques. There were art-museums, art-galleries and many people came to visit Salvador Dali’s house and studio and to share this special artistic atmosphere existing in Cadaques.
The village of Cadaques is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and high mountains. Only one narrow, windy and dangerous mountain road leads to the village.
The area around Cadaques is a natural park. The Parc Natural de Cabo de Creus. This is a protected area where no building is allowed and all the strict regulations for a natural park apply. In this way, Cadaques is surrounded for miles and miles by untouched nature and a characteristic landscape. Somewhere in this specific area is Punta Prima where Michel Szulc-Krzyzanowski, as of Summer 2000 until 2004, was making his pictures of models in the landscape.
During periods in late Spring, the Summer and early Autumn, models came to him in Cadaques to pose. These models were creating portfolios of pictures made of them by well-known photographers to collect in this way a series of important images.
When weather permitted, when it was warm, not much wind, clear sky and sharp light, sessions were taken place in the landscape of Punta Prima. There were no premeditated plans, concepts or ideas for the pictures. All pictures came into existence the very moment they were made. It was by intuition, from inspiration, by impulse, that the photographs were spontaneously made. The Punta Prima series developed slowly because it depended of the presence of Michel Szulc-Krzyzanowski in Cadaques, the availability of models and the weather circumstances.
The first exclusive exhibition of a selection of the Punta Prima series was Summer 2003 in Galeria de la Riba in Cadaques, Spain.
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