It’s very posible that the geriatic center will be the last home for a human being, his last refuge. Most of the photographic reports already done about geriatic centers are focused on this aspect or are trying to show abuse cases or negligences towards the elders.
However there’s an usual reality less advertised revolving around the life created in geriatric centers, to these new friends and new romances emerge, games of cards or dominoes, conversations among elders, embraces or cryings between colleagues, stories safeguarded in each elder’s memory, to their wishes of being and sharing.
Josep Echaburu was born in Barcelona in 1967. In 2010 he was selected as one of the ten finalists for the famous Oskar Barnack Award and his Life Center work was projected at the Arles Photography festival. Also his project was show in the international festival of Getxophoto (Bilbao) and on his reedition at Lima (Perú). Life Center win the prize “seven days seven shows” of the United Photo Industries and was exposed at their showroom in Brooklyn (New York). He works as a photographer for TVE, the national spanish television. [Official Website]