Accepting the kind invitation of Foticos, I would like to summarise in these few words my opinion of a photographic collection, which today forms part of the best exhibitions that can be found in our country.
Through its collection of photographic material, Foticos has the particularity of being an ongoing idea that with skill and continuity has reached a quantitative and qualitative level that exceeds the qualification of outstanding, not only for the breadth of vision with which it has been conceived, but for the constant activity in its completion, dedication and especially for a magnificent idea that presides over it: to preserve a photographic heritage, the most sacred condition that collecting should have.
A fortunate dedication and the sum of the knowledge acquired, have achieved a multidisciplinary group of pieces that can constitute the firm basis of an institution that, at all levels, permanently gives prestige to the exhibition of its important photographic collection. with the exhibition of its important photographic collection. To work in this way is to work well and to love culture.
The proposed goal is not easy and it seems that there will never be an end to it; however, the wide historical-photographic sector covered by its current collection and the successful individual selection made, of accredited quality, with elements of special rarity, make it, in my opinion and at the present time, not just a simple beginning but a meritorious reality.
The special focus on a subject as close to home as the preservation of the achievements of the Spanish photographic industry, of which it has important pieces, some of them unique, making this project particularly noteworthy and attractive.
My congratulations to the author and to all those who have contributed to it with their good work.
Writer and consultant.
Some time ago I was given a link to enter a page of a certain Foticos. I was amused by the name and thought: "you'll see what you find with this name", but no, I never imagined that I would enter what for me is the greatest statement in the world of photographic collecting.
It's only when you enter the website that you realise you're not in front of someone who has set up a photo booth and wants to show it to their friends. I'm not even talking about the look on your face as you browse through the pages and see what this man (Jesús) has.
Acereda has described perfectly what is behind Foticos, I am not going to add anything new to what you read in this commentary. What I am proud of is that for once it is something Spanish that can make a difference in Europe at a museological level.
I don't think there is a collection like this on our continent. I am in favour of museums, of being able to show the world unique pieces, history and everything related to the fabulous world of photography.
Surely in some homes there are fantastic collections, but they stay there, the world cannot see them. It is clear that every collector thinks about what to do with them afterwards, but not Foticos, Foticos already has them in their museum for the delight of anyone who wants to come and see them.
I would like to end by congratulating Jesús for this quiet but productive work that makes it the best collection I have ever seen.
Researcher and collector.
My professional career as director of the Museo del Cine Carlos Jiménez, as well as a member of the Academia de las Artes y Ciencias Cinematrogáfias and within the world of collecting, is well known through the media which, to date, have reported on our museum activities on more than 750 occasions (press, radio, television, etc.). They usually value the tenacity and effort of someone who privately, and with an enormous effort motivated by their passion, manages to collect a significant number of pieces to turn them into a cultural source and exhibition delight.
Precisely because of all this (perhaps with a certain immodesty), after a lifetime dedicated to film collecting, I understand, admire and value the work carried out by Foticoscollection, especially when I see its fruits: an enormous photographic collection oriented towards stereoscopy with unpublished pieces or works acquired at international auctions after arduous monitoring and a large outlay, not to mention all the time and work that this task entails.
The collector is the person who rescues pieces from the past to reconstruct a history that would otherwise be lost. It is a huge job that can only be done with an illusion that makes what is difficult look easy. The pieces have to be sought, found, acquired, transported, restored and conserved. And the collector, for his part, in addition to passion, must have at his disposal a series of elements and circumstances that allow him to carry out the work needed. And all of this without seeking any other benefit than the enjoyment of works that transport him to the past. In Foticoscollection these circumstances have arisen and, more importantly, he has been able to take advantage of them. It is true that he has the means - not all of them - but without tenacity, passion, enthusiasm and love for his work, none of it would be worth anything.
Today this collection can be presented, without a doubt, as one of the largest and best known on stereoscopy. The immense work done will probably never be sufficiently recognised, but his work will remain for the benefit of future generations who will know the history of stereoscopy through these original and priceless devices.
Thank you, Foticoscolecction, for building, maintaining and expanding this marvellous collection on a continuous basis. Undoubtedly, it is an extraordinary social work that is being carried out, presenting and disseminating this peculiar facet of culture -not only national-. This work deserves the applause of all. And this from a collector with more than half a century of experience, who knows very well the value of this collection.
A warm greeting.
Director of the Cinema Museum
When I made the appointment with Jesús to visit his collection, I thought I knew in advance what I would find: a stupendous collection of cameras of all kinds and numerous gadgets related to photography, as I had already anticipated something by browsing his website.
but the sensation I experienced as soon as I entered the room is very difficult to translate into words, Jesus left Teresa and I alone for a few minutes. Probably deliberately, we slowly walked through the corridors with tables and glass cases full of photographic objects, we could touch everything, turn pages of photo albums, go through the hundreds of cartes de visites piled up in a cardboard box... It was almost like a dream, like having suddenly entered a sort of Ali Baba's cave full of photographic treasures.
It was a sensation that will be difficult to replicate and is not quite the same as when visiting a traditional museum with all the objects neatly encased in their display cases.
The collection is not only made up of cameras but of all kinds of historical photographic objects, from advertising items to an incredible display of small portrait cards, a unique and unknown object. Only a great passion and an enormous dedication allow to achieve something like this. As a collector I know that it is not an easy task, that it requires a lot of qualities, a lot of tenacity and a lot of time. That is why I can only congratulate Jesús warmly for having succeeded in creating this extraordinary collection, a living and constantly growing collection, which is undoubtedly already one of the most important in its field.
There remains a very important task for any collection, which is to disseminate and share, but Jesús is aware of this and is already at work. I hope that the Museum will soon be a reality and that everyone who wants to can admire and explore this magnificent Collection.
Fernández Rivero Collection
For 60 years, I have been addicted to cameras of all times. During this time I have shared my passion with a good number of collectors and photographers, but I remember with special affection and nostalgia the meetings we used to hold every Saturday in Barcelona in the 80s, near the Encantes market. A good number of friends would meet there, united by a common love of photography in any of its aspects. Each one of us would talk about our experiences, show our latest acquisitions, share information and news... We all learned from each other. It was a wonderful time.
At one of these meetings, I presented my fellow participants with some projects for handmade cameras. Their assessment was very positive and they encouraged me to build more models, up to 50 units, of various types: pinhole cameras, stereoscopic cameras, wide-angle cameras, viewfinders... Today, most of them are still part of a private collection.
To this day, I continue to maintain my hobby, increasing my collection thanks to the immense possibilities offered by online shopping. It was precisely through the internet that I contacted Jesús from Foticos who invited me to meet him personally. When we met, I was very pleasantly surprised to find myself in the presence of a jovial, friendly and very active person, the latter being an essential condition for having been able to put together the impressive FOTICOS - COLLECTION collection in a relatively short time.
The good impression he made on me encouraged me to collaborate with him with the modest contribution of some of my creations, thanking him for having been kind enough to incorporate them into the Foticos Museum.
Thank you, Jesus, for your initiative, for this wonderful window into the history of photography.
I was lucky enough to meet Jesús Fernández and his wife Eva at the beginning of 2019 when he invited me to get to know his collection and the project he had for the "Foticos Museum" in Cuarte de Huerva near Zaragoza. He had met me through my website "Corsino camera collection" and wanted to exchange opinions and ideas for his great museum project.
I was pleasantly impressed by the variety and quality of the interesting pieces I was able to see. I know several museums in Spain and abroad and I can affirm that, for example, this collection of stereoscopic and pre-cinema or pre-photographic material can be considered one of the most important in the world.
Although at the moment, at the end of 2021, the construction of the museum has not been completed, a sample can be seen on the excellent website (Foticos collection) that has been edited for the delight of enthusiasts.
It is a pity that such an interesting cultural project for the whole of Spain does not have the financial support or even the necessary cooperation from the Administration to allow the construction of what will be the best museum of photographic material open to the public in our country. Furthermore, Foticos has been acquiring very interesting pieces from all over the world that otherwise would never have reached our country, due to the Spanish precariousness of the last two centuries in photographic material. Let's not forget that photography has become the "most social and popular art in the world" thanks to the amount of photos that are taken nowadays with mobile phones, and for most of the population it is interesting to know how the "beginnings" of this difficult art that today is so easily practised took place.
The well-known phrase: "Behind a great man, there is always a great woman" is perfectly true for the marriage between Jesús & Eva. She comes from a family of photographers and industrialists and she is a great supporter. Knowing them a little, I know that with their determination and dedication they will succeed in completing the museum project that I saw in the plans.
I wish them all the luck in the world, because in Spain we deserve to have a cultural work of this magnitude and although I am 600 kms away from them, I hope to be able to attend the inauguration of the museum and other important events that they celebrate. Congratulations!!!
Collector, lecturer and researcher of antique photography.
I met Jesús in August this year. After a pleasant conversation on the phone, a few days later I visited him in Cuarte de Huerva in Zaragoza.
I am used to seeing important collections of other subjects, some of them internationally awarded. Jesús' collection is not only important for the rarity of many of his pieces, but also for the amplitude of his pieces.
I have no doubt that when it becomes widely known, it will be one of the most important collections in the world. To put together a collection of such magnitude, in addition to the significant financial outlay involved, it’s something reserved for a very few people. It requires literally a whole life's work dedicated to look for that new piece that fills a gap in the collection.
I encourage all those fans of the history of photography to visit this unique museum when they have the chance.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jesús, for his disinterested and kind cooperation with images of his collection, which will illustrate my forthcoming book “The Pioneer Portrait Painters of the Court 1858-1865. Cataloguing the first signatures on business cards”.
Full member of the Royal Academy of Philately and Postal History