Boca del Calvari museum exhibits the ‘disorderly passion’ by ‘Quico, the photographer’

The exhibition, which can be visited until June 15, gathers about 80 images of the daily life of Benidorm in the 60s and the boom in tourism
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Toni Pérez, Quico 'the Photographer' and Ana Pellicer.
Toni Pérez, Quico 'the Photographer' and Ana Pellicer.

Boca del Calvari museum exhibits from today an exhibition with about 80 images taken in the 60s by Francisco Pérez Bayona, 'Quico, the Photographer', in which aspects of the daily life of Benidorm of that time and its people are reflected , as well as the boom in tourism. An exhibition that can be visited until June 15 and that constitutes "an obligatory tribute to Quico and what he has called his‘ disorderly passion ’: photography," said the mayor, Toni Pérez. Pérez has made this allusion after touring the exhibition together with the Councilor for Historical Heritage, Ana Pellicer; the photographer himself and the curator of the exhibition, Alicia Lamarca.

The mayor has meant that “for decades Quico has reflected in his work the development of tourism in the city and also the face of the women and men who participated in this transformation and who underpinned the idiosyncrasy of the current Benidorm, in which innovation and projection of future are combined with looks and 'winks' to the past like the ones we do with this exhibition ”.

The exhibition ‘A disorderly passion’ can be seen on the three floors of the museum. On the main floor, a large image presides over the ‘photocall’ that has been arranged for visitors, and for which the towers and the Castell well have been ‘recovered’.

Floor -1 is dedicated to Quico's activity as a portrait painter, marked by the delicacy and respect with which the photographer took these snapshots. Both aspects are appreciated both in the studio portraits collected in a single kaleidoscopic mural, and in those taken with the streets of Benidorm as a backdrop and in which moments of everyday life are appreciated.

In this same room, there are two backlit showcases with photographs of the author and a documentary video of Quico's life is projected.

On floor 1, the photographer's most social facet is exposed with snapshots of the daily life of the city's inhabitants and visitors, as well as three large photographs dedicated to tourism, in which the well-known photography that the photographer took the French actress Pascale Petit.

Lamarca explained that “the show brings us to the present the“ most significant ”photographs captured by Quico's viewer in those 60s, and that they have been grouped into different themes such as tourism, local commerce, scenes of daily life and Pictures.