German photographer August Sander shot over 40,000 portraits in the hope of documenting every strata of society in 1930s and ’40s Germany. Pancho Fierro similarly painted over 1200 watercolor portraits of 19th century Peruvian society.
Much like these artists, 45-year-old documentary photographer Javier Moyano is creating his own portrait of society, a portrait of Málaga, Spain, his home, a southern Spanish city on the Mediterranean coast known to tourists and locals alike for its beaches, cuisine and rich culture. Having begun in August 2014, Javier has made 600 portraits up until this point.
"I am a privileged spectator of everything around me, of its essence and soul. This is a quality that can be applied to a city–people with their stories in the context of a city that breathes, a living city such as Málaga. Historias fugaces de Málaga is a portrait of Málaga through the portrait of its people… I am inspired by people, their stories and the collection of people that make up a city.
I’m publishing my work primarily online, and it is also being released by local media, conferences in photographic associations and social networks. I have no deadline, and my main intention is to have a large format exposure in one or more books… I want to publish a book when the project is more advanced."