Juan Carlos Toro

Juan Carlos Toro

Size does matter

Juan Carlos Toro

To express in silver, words that are of gold. Those that break the sound barrier of the "jondo". Those that are torn from the throat , because they have a life of their own, beyond the control of the feelings, that catch in a whirlwind of emotions to those who listen. And to those who see them.

Because there is who sees flamenco singing, like the one who pinches the air, like who bites the water. It is magic. An art emulsion, a metallic alloy, a negative that always looks for a positive.

And that can only be born of a tireless spirit, an unflagging researcher who breaks the shirt with every project, with every idea that boils in his head. This is the photographer Juan Carlos Toro (Jerez de la Frontera, 1979), a creative flow capable of merging tradition and new technologies through the voices of artists of Lebrija of the stature of Curro and Luis Malena, Juan Peña 'El Lebrijano', Fernanda Carrasco, El Funi, Inés Bacán, Manuel de Paula, Anabel Valencia and José Valencia, who have been left portray in silver halide and be unwavering in the majesty of a wall.

'Flamenco en Plata (Flamenco in silver)', is an exhibition with the soul bathed in gold.

Aránzazu Cala Hurtado

The artist and photographer native of Jerez de la Frontera, Juan Carlos Toro, has captured with his objectives the essence of what Lebrija represents for the world of Flamenco.

The sagas of Valencia, Carrasco or Malena, with who Jerez shares blood, have ancestors in the Sevillian ground.

Experts say that 'Flamenco singing passes by where it passes the train'. From Cadiz to Seville, the train of the Flamenco has as obligatory stops Puerto Real, El Puerto de Santa María, San Fernando, Jerez, Lebrija and Utrera, until you reach the Andalusian capital.

The reason is simple, previously there was to earn a living and, until the very same Rancapino has told thousand and one anecdotes that happened with Camarón de la Isla in their youth when they were on the train to earn a few coins with their singing.

This railway scale, that Juan Carlos Toro picks up with his camera, has as protagonists Curro Malena, Inés Bacán or El Funi as main bastions of Lebrija flamenco singing along with Juan Peña 'El Lebrijano', who has been the most universal of all of them.

Likewise, the renewal and replacement are represented by Jose Valencia, Luis Malena or Anabel Valencia who gathered for the Jerez-born photographer.

David Montes

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