Alberto Schommer is one of the most important spanish photographers, at the age of 85 he has been rewarded with the 2013 Photography National Prize and supplied with 30.000 euros by the Education, Culture and Sports Ministery of Spain.
As the newspaper El Mundo has published, the jury has emphasized his evolution with photography: “Ha innovado en el medio, desde el punto de vista técnico y experimental; siendo testigo de la transformación cultural y social de nuestro país”.
However, even though his phtography is different for the technique innovation, Schommer admitted to Europapress that he prefers to use the tradicional material. “Yo tengo un laboratorio fantástico que hace unos revelados y unas ampliaciones de tal calidad que solamente con verlas ya te emocionas”, said the photographer.
Alberto Schommer got interested in photography because of his father, Alberto Schommer Koch, a German who moved to Vitoria, where he opened a study of photopraphy during the 40´s.
Schommer stood out specially in the 50´s for his correlation to the innovative movements of the Spanish photography. From that moment he started his long photography career, always to be guided under the influence of the photographers Irving Penn and William Klein.
Alberto Schommer is especially known for his portraits that got popular thanks to his colaborations with the Spanish newspaper El País. They were portraits of public personalities from the national and internacional outlook, emphasizing legends from the north american society like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein y Susan Sontag.
This series of photographies called Retratos Psicológicos dramatize the power, the economy and the culture. This particular way of creating his portraits had an important impact during the 70´s and 80´s. Because of that his work has been exposed in different countries around the world, from Japan to the United States.
His career as a photographer has been recognised with a lot of prizes; besides 2013 Photography National Prize, Schommer has been rewarded with the Medalla al mérito de las Bellas Artes 2008 among others. From 1996, he is member of Real Academia de Bellas Artes of San Fernando.
The photographer has admitted more than once that photography isn´t easy: “Hay que pensar y planificar muchísimo la fotografía que queremos”.