MACBA friends are invited to visit the exhibition Mey Rahola (1897-1959). The new photographer at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.
Mey Rahola (León, 1897-Vaucresson, 1959) was one of the first women to make a name for herself in the field of artistic photography in Spain. In a very short time, between 1934 and 1936, her hobby took on a public dimension through exhibitions, awards and publications.
Asserting herself as a photographer beyond the family sphere, Mey Rahola was involved in the construction of the new role of women in the public sphere during the Second Republic: an independent, travelling, empathetic and ironic woman. The war and exile cut short her promising career, but she continued to take ambitious photographs, both professionally during World War II and later as an amateur.
Mey Rahola was a photographer in every way possible for a woman of her time: a modern amateur with public projection in shows and competitions, a professional with a brief vocation as a photojournalist and, finally, a humanist photographer away from the public light. She bequeathed an author's work, signed and ordered, but which has been forgotten for more than half a century. Her personal background has been shaken by history and has remained dispersed in the family for many years. For the first time, the Museu Nacional is highlighting the career of this pioneering photographer.