Xan Padrón (Galicia, Spain 1969) is a Galician photographer, musician and composer. The son of an old-school journalist, Xan Padrón grew up used tobe the silent observer whosees things quietly and finds stories everywhere. As a former profesional touring musician, traveling the world with his bass and his camera he was able to pursue his career as a photographer focused on the people around him.
Xan Padrón’s fascination with time and movement, coupled with an uncanny ability to disappear behind the lens, unnoticed by his subjects, brought him to the realization of how much life happens even at the most seemingly insignificant location of a city. His work has been exhibited in Spain, Canada, Israel, the US and, in January-February 2019, in a solo exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters. His portraits of artists have been published worldwide in newspapers, magazines, concert programs, posters and album covers. Xan Padrón is a resident of New York City where he lives and works with his wife: musician, composer, writer and educator Cristina Pato.
About TIME-Lapse "I'm fascinated about how much life happens even at the most remote corner of a city. My itinerant life takes me around the world on a constant basis and I love walking around cities, finding a spot to sit for a couple of hours and, unnoticed, photograph random people passing by against a wall. I consider my work sa kind of documentation of a city or a specific neighborhood. This seriesis not about the pictures I take but about the life that emanates from a moment ofobsevation; a momentof pause". Xan Padrón For the “Time Lapse” series I sit on a single spot of a city, unnoticed, for about 2 hours, photographing a sequence of people passing by against one unique background. These quotidian gestures, combined, create a unique narrative of life by a wall in a place in the world. Time Lapse: 1 place, 1 moment.
The series is an ongoing project that includes cities in Spain, USA, Dominican Republic, China, Italy, Portugal, Cuba, France, UK, Australia, New Zealand.