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Obscuria de Profundis
Tolo Parra

Obscuria de Profundis, Tolo Parra

Obscuria de Profundis, Tolo ParraObscuria de Profundis
Tolo Parra
Void Books
English, Spanish


Edition of 800
208 pages
240 x 320 mm
ISBN 9786188434196


Obscuria de Profundis was developed from 2016 to 2020. It is a search for visual answers to the riddle of existence. Tolo uses everyday objects that correspond with allegorical objects in the cosmos. They illustrate the path that the species have traveled from its origin to the present time. Looking for the resolution of the oldest enigma, that of existence:

What are we?
Where do we come from?
Where are we going?

It remains the main reason that moves the species to continue. From the dark path to the light of knowledge. Parra’s photographs are mixed with found images to create a visual dialogue between eras and matter. Attempting to answer, though fiction, those real questions. This project concept was developed by Tolo Parra in collaboration with the awarded editor Gonzalo Golpe. The book is divided into 6 chapters, presenting the narrative arch of the universe: between the initial and the final “nothing”… all the history of mankind.

About the Artist
Tolo Parra (b. 1980, Seville) is a Spanish artist who uses photography to get closer to his surroundings and himself. His observations have led him to make innumerable trips in search of the landscape and the human cartography found imprinted on it. The periphery, the peri-urban zones, the border zones, and the wilderness, are some of his flags. Parra’s work shows us a new metalanguage. Fiction as a consequence of reality and the impossible, the result of truth. Melancholy and longing are constant in it.

In recent years he has exhibited in Spain, Mexico, and England. Tolo received the honorable mention of the Annual Prize for the Arts of the Government of Japan (2007), and the recent annual exhibition access at the Center for Cultural Initiatives of Seville: CICUS 2016-2017. Tolo Parra is a founding member of the Spanish photography school DarkRoom. There he combines his role as an author with that of teacher and coordinator.

About the Publisher
Void is an independent publishing house dedicated to photography books and education. The project is driven by its founders Myrto Steirou and João Linneu. You might bump into Myrto, Void’s editor, at a book fair or festival in a far flung part of the globe, but you’ll usually find her in Greece, at their store in Athens. João, Void’s designer, is based in Reykjavík… it’s entirely possible that you may not meet him (in person at least). Void works with both established and up-and-coming artists, proudly fostering photographers’ debut books.

Void has collaborated with many international art institutions since we started, back in October 2016. In 2021 Void became one of Futures Photography’s members. Void is devoted to and passionate about the projects they undertake. In their books, you will find powerful stories and innovative design, melded together with fine and experimental material.