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ARXIU MAS - història
Coming from a family linked to the world of law, Adolf Mas Ginesta (Solsona, 1860 - Barcelona, 1936) finally dedicated himself to what had been his passion from an early age: photography. After spending several years as director of a commercial establishment in Barcelona and as a reporter, he opened his own business and called it the 'Mar Archive in 1902, specializing in graphic documentation of historical and artistic heritage. A member of the Els Quatre Gatsgroup, his friend Ramon Casas drew up the signs for his new business.

One of his first clients was Josep Puig i Cadafalch, who commissioned him to photograph his architectural piece of work, to illustrate a publication that he was going to present at the International Architecture Congress, in Madrid 1904. It was also Puig i Cadafalch who helped him to define the organisational system of the archive.

Ramon Casas

portrait of Adolf Mas and sign for the Mas Archive

The negatives are classified into different series, according to their sizes (A - 24 x 30 cm / B - 18 x 24 cm / C - 13 x 18 cm /...) and they are numbered in a sequential manner in the corresponding record books as they are incorporated into the archive. In these books both the year and the place that they were taken is recorded, as well as the essential documentation that they represent.

As a main index of his collection of negatives, Adolf Mas created a file with postcard sized positive copies (9 x 12 cm), sorted according to the location of monuments or works represented, organised, first by provinces then alphabetically for towns and a final subdivision general views, religious and civil buildings, museums, institutions and public and private collections.

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