Introducing Marc Llach

Marc Llach is a professional photographer in Catalonia, specializing in architecture and interior design.  His personal work emphasizes the relationship between people and the urban landscape.  Read to learn what motivates his formal and organized cityscapes and what advice he has for budding artists.



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Tell me about yourself.

I am a creative day-dreamer and sometimes a rebel. I value honesty.

I’m a freelance photographer specializing in architecture and interior design. After studying photography at ITES in Barcelona and architecture and interior design at the Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya, I began working for several architecture firms in Catalonia and Andorra.

In addition to my professional assignments, I’m also making personal projects about urban landscapes. I’m interested in how these landscapes defines us as a society.

How did you become involved with photography?

I started when I was 24 years old. I had a little digital camera that I played with. At the time I was studying engineering at the University of Girona, but I didn’t enjoy it. Eventually, my frustration with engineering developed into a passion for photography because it gave me the means to adequately express myself. I decided to leave the university and study photography.

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In a formal way my photos are organized, clean and direct.

Can you describe your photographs?

In a formal way my photos are organized, clean and direct. I also try to include a critical discourse with the intention of engaging the viewer.

How do you find subject matter?

I often use the internet. Google Earth is a great tool. I also try to take note of great places when I am travelling. When I have a little time, I come back and take photos of them.

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Tell me about the gear you use.

I have a Canon 5D Mark II. However, I bought a large-format camera a few months ago. It’s a Graflex Speed Graphic and I hope to use it in the future.

My first photographs were made by walking in the suburbs of the cities where I had lived.

How long have you been photographing and how has your process changed over time?

I started taking photos in 2005. My first photographs were made by walking in the suburbs of the cities where I had lived. These walks were stimulating because I was able to discover interesting places. But now I am making photographs which require thorough research—I know what I’m going to find when I go to a location.

What are some artists that inspire you?

I am influenced by New Topographics photographers, Lewis Baltz, Robert Adams and Stephen Shore. There are some great photographers here in Catalonia, as well. My favorite is Jordi Bernadó. I like his discourse—it’s funny, but critical. I have also been inspired by commercial architecture photography. I love reading architectural magazines and books.

On a creative level I am hyperactive, chaotic and disorganized.

How do your photographs reflect who you are?

On a creative level I am hyperactive, chaotic and disorganized. This is why I love architectural photography because, in a formal way, it’s organized, balanced and quiet. It gives me balance and I love it!

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I chose this language because of my grandfather’s love for cameras.

Why photography?

I chose this language because of my grandfather’s love for cameras. He was a great lover of photography and he always spoke about it. Although I didn’t care for his hobby when I was a kid, as time has passed I have become aware that he gave me a special sensibility towards the photographic medium.

These landscapes are the result of a bipolar situation—in the summer they are visited by loads of people, but are desolate come winter.

What are you working on now?

At the moment I am working on a series about the tourist landscape. These landscapes are the result of a bipolar situation—in the summer they are visited by loads of people, but are desolate come winter. This mad reality produces some weird and surreal landscapes which results in serious urban and social consequences on the territory where they lay. My intention is to understand and capture them.

You have to put in a lot of hours without knowing if the final result will be satisfactory.

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What do you like best about being an artist? What do you find most challenging?

The freedom to express my thoughts and feelings. It’s a challenge because there’s no timetable and I constantly have to be very involved. You have to put in a lot of hours without knowing if the final result will be satisfactory.

What’s the best photograph you’ve made?

It’s difficult for me to choose one of them but if I had to do I would choose Billboard. It’s very simple in appearance but it has  a fine, critical message.

What do you look for in a good photograph?

Sincerity and honesty.

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Turn your photography into an emotional self-portrait.

What advice do you have for budding artists?

Work hard and trust your instinct. Don’t imitate certain styles, but turn your photography into an emotional self-portrait. It’s important that your feelings are represented in your work because you will find something genuine and it will represent you in a deep way.

It’s important to have confidence and patience! 



See more of Marc’s work and follow him on the web:

Web – Flickr – Facebook

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