The name that appears on her I.D. is Isabel Steva, but everybody knows her as Colita.
She is the great photographer that along with Catalá Roca, Maspons and Miserachs, belongs to the Catalan and Spanish Photography Golden Age. Colita was born in Barcelona in 1940.
She met the photographers Oriol Maspons, Julio Ubiña and Xavier, from whom she learned all about the “trade.” Since then, she started working as a professional photographer.
In 1961, she worked for a year with Xavier Miserachs as laboratory technician and as a stylist. In 1962, she worked on the characters file from the film “Los Tarantos” directed by Rovira Beleta. She created a bond of friendship with the film’s protagonist, the wonderful flamenco dancer Carmen Amaya.
She became fond of flamenco art, and she moved to Madrid, where she settled for two years. She produced the promotional photos of Antonio Gades and La Chunga.
Her book “Luces y sombras del flamenco” (Lumen Publisher, 1973) was a result of that period of time. It was republished and extended in 1998.Colita, developed more than 40 exhibitions and has published over 30 photography books during her 38 years as a professional photographer.
She specialized in photographing her city, Barcelona, as well as its Metropolitan Area, witnessing its changes and its evolution.
She always reflected the Catalan cultural and social life. Her work is present in the Museo Nacional D´Art de Cataluña´s collection.
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