KBr is the new Photography Center with which Fundación MAPFRE begins a new stage in its intense dedication to artistic photography, one of its main areas of cultural activity since 2009.

With two exhibition areas, a bookstore, an area for educational activities and a multi-purpose auditorium, KBr becomes a national and international reference in the field of photography.


Louis Stettner

The variety of the subjects he explores, and the permanent social component of his images are the main features of the work of the American Louis Stettner (1922-2016), a long and highly interesting career that has not so far received the recognition it deserves. With a life that straddled New York and Paris, Stettner remained rooted in two worlds at a time when most photographers related to only one of them. In this sense, his work is reminiscent of both the aesthetics of New York street photography and the poetic gaze of traditional French urban photography, always against the backdrop of his social concern and his determination to reflect the dignity of the human being.

Paz Errázuriz

In 2018, and after presenting the first retrospective of the artist in Spain, Fundación MAPFRE brought to its collection 173 works by Chilean photographer Paz Errázuriz (Santiago de Chile, 1944), author of an extensive, committed, and recognized work around the social and political reality of her country with an aesthetic that, far from classic photojournalism, involves a profound gaze on the human condition. As part of the annual appointment of the KBr’s program with our Collections, this exhibition presents a careful selection of that collection, in a presentation that provides an overview of his work from the seventies to the present.

Louis Stettner, Pepe and Tony Series, 1956
Louis Stettner
Tony, «Pepe and Tony, Spanish Fishermen», Ibiza, Spain, 1956
Colecciones Fundación MAPFRE
© Louis Stettner Estate
Paz Errázuriz, Boxer VI, Santiago, from the series Boxers. The fight against the angel, 1987 © Paz Errázuriz. Colecciones Fundación MAPFRE
Paz Errázuriz
Boxer VI, Santiago, from the series Boxers. The fight against the angel, 1987
© Paz Errázuriz. Colecciones Fundación MAPFRE
August 19, World Photography Day
We celebrate it with free access Saturday 17 and Sunday 18
(Online ticket reservation available from August 12)

KBr today

At KBr things happen. Here we are developing a permanent educational program, focused more on training future generations in the understanding of the language of photography and its artistic dimension than on explaining a specific exhibition. We share knowledge about photography through meetings and conferences. 

All our activities aim to contribute to the dynamism and projection of Barcelona through an area – artistic photography – closely associated with the cultural excellence of contemporary Catalonia.