AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH QUIM FÀBREGAS
Lens Magazine|November 2021
THE CHILDHOOD OF THE BAKA PYGMIES The childhood of the Baka pygmies is a photographic report made in the jungle of Cameroon. This report exhibits the childhood life of the pygmies, their freedom, their way of spending hours in the middle of nature, and the toughness of living in a habitat that rains for many months of the year, and It's extremely tough to get food. You can see the faces of the happy and cheerful children, but you can also see the hardness of the mothers.

Lens Magazine: Thank you Quim, for taking the time for this interview. Could you share a bit of your background, where you grew up? Education or previous jobs? Did you come from an artistic family?

Quim Fàbregas: I grew up in a coastal town near Barcelona. Calella and I had a wonderful childhood full of life and many friends. We boys at that time lived on the streets. My parents had a restaurant, and studies were not the most important thing, but helping them work in the family business or at an early age to start working normally in hotels in the city. When I was 22 years old, I went down to a photographic store in one of my jobs, and there I found a passion for photography. I come from a very hard-working family, and some direct relatives are musicians, painters, or my brother, an actor in television series and theaters in Spain.

L.M.: What led you to focus mainly on humanitarian and cultural issues around the world?

Q. F.: At the age of 22, I got serious with photography because of so much passion I had, and I studied a basic course in the photographic entity of my town Foto Film Calella. Then I started as a black and white laboratory teacher and in charge of the study. In one of the meetings, Vicente Ferrer proposed a trip to India, a Spanish missionary whose direct family was from Calella. And at the age of 24, I made my first photographic trip to India in one of the country's poorest areas.

I was there for a month, and my life changed completely. It was when I decided to travel the world to photograph it and make a better world. I left everything to help thousands of people, especially in Africa, where we have carried out 12 humanitarian projects.

L.M.: Please share some information about your intensive activism for humanitarian issues with our readers and the main goals?

Q. F.: I traveled to the Gambia and Senegal with a humanitarian organization six months after the trip to India. I found a place with a totally different energy in Africa than the places I had been or lived before. That energy made me feel better every moment. I worked as a volunteer and as a photographer in an organization for 7 years. We were dedicated to agriculture projects. When he was in Spain, he gave lectures and exhibitions to explain the difficulties in rural villages.

In 2009 I started my own personal project. I began to live for 8 or 9 months a year in different areas of Africa such as Gambia, Senegal, Burkina, Benin, or Cameroon, organizing trips and photographic reports. With the sale of my photographs, we began to carry out education, health, sports, or agriculture projects. Before the pandemic, I started working in Mongolia or India, and South America. The pandemic has stopped us all.

L.M.: Many of the portraits in B&W are very intense, which we see as representing the importance of photography in your life. Why Black and White?

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