Photographer Luz A. Martin, a native of Valencia, has been wandering the streets of her hometown documenting the artwork that brings the walls, alleyways and buildings to life. Utilizing rain gutters, window frames, doorframes and other such urban surfaces the city's street artists work their images and designs into the city's surfaces in a way that makes them seem like they've been there all along. Martin has fixated on this specific quality of Valencia's streets and her photographs of graffiti textures are as interesting and visually compelling as the photographs of the pieces in situ.
The bilingual text comprises artist interviews with END, ESCIF, GRAFFILIA, JULIETA, NERO, ON_LY and SAM3 and essays that provide insight into the history of the city's street art, connecting it directly to the long-standing seasonal celebration of Las Fallas.
Textura also doubles as a pattern book with many of the graffiti texture photographs available as royalty-free images via download from the MBP website (For owners of the book only! Go.).
This beautifully produced book will make an endless texture and color resource for all visual creatives -- aside from presenting a wonderful coffee table book and an ideal gift for those who appreciate vibrant art.
Textura: Valencia Street Art
By Luz A. Martin
144 pages, 8.25 x 10 inches (21 x 25.4 cm)
Casebound, Color throughout
Mark Batty Publisher
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About Luz A. Martin: Born in 1970 in Valencia, Spain, Luz Martin has worked in editorial fashion and portraiture for the past 10 years. Her photographs have been published in such places as The New York Times, Time Out London, El Pais, El Mundo and The Herald Tribune. In 2007 her photography book Campanas Vivas was released, celebrating the centuries old ritual of ringing bells in Valencia. A presentation of Textura and Martin's photography will take place in Valencia in February of 2010 at the XVI Century cloister in the Museum Centre del Carme. Textura will be part of 100x100, an art exhibition featuring 100 artists from Valencia. In December 2010 she will showcase her project 'Textura Bronze' in a joint exhibition in Valencia.
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