ROSALÍO SOLANO

Life chose him to be the architect of the lens, it allowed him to be compared with the best photographers in the world; Glenn Ford called him “Exceptional Cameraman”, Manuel Álvarez Bravo defined him “Born Photographer”. The Doña “María Félix” named him “El Brujo del Color”. Today we honor him as one of the great collaborators in film art.


Rosalío Solano was born on August 30, 1915 in the Magic Town of Bernal, where she lived her childhood and tried her first efforts at work. At age 8 he moved to the city of Querétaro, and in his teens to Mexico City. In this city he had his first contact with the cinema, since Ramón Peón, film director, hired him to varnish a bedroom for the scenography of the film “Sobre las Olas” (1932); This work would be followed by others alongside Guillermo Baqueriza in films such as “La Llorona” (1933), “Una vida por otra” (1932). Next to Baqueriza he learned the creation of photographic images.


His work, dedication and curiosity allowed him to enter the cinematographic filming, requesting to be a camera assistant, being his first assistance in the film "La Sandunga" (1937).

 

Life had great opportunities in store for him, as Gabriel Figueroa's “Las Adelitas” was about to be recorded, the first camera assistant fell ill, allowing Rosalío to occupy this place.

In 1940 he married Sofía Aupart González, with whom he had 5 children: Rosa María, Alejandro, Sofía, Laura and Silvia.

In 1943 he collaborated with Alex Phillips, whom he considered his second father, as well as his great teacher and friend; She worked with him on "Doña Bárbara" and 15 other films, in which leading stars of Mexican cinema such as Dolores del Río, Andrea Palma and María Félix stood out, who let herself be enchanted by the camera of "El Brujo del Color" as she did. He named after recognizing his work on the tape "La Bandida." In the early 1950s he applied to be a cinematographer, adapting to what he was filming; He was flattered by his pulse for handling the camera, for his creativity, for his courage, because he was not afraid of heights to achieve the best shots. The photographic genres handled by Rosalío have always been a cause of surprise and versatility for admirers of photographic art.


In 40 years he shot 180 films collaborating with Alejandro Galindo Alcoriza, Alfonso Corona Blake, Alfredo B. Crevenna, Chano Urueta, Fernando and Julián Soler, Gilberto Martínez Solares, Ismael Rodríguez, Miguel Delgado, Roberto Gavaldón, Juan Orol, he made seven Mario films Moreno “Cantinflas”, Gilberto Gascón, Julio Bracho, Matilde Landeta, as well as Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, José Estrada, Sergio Olhovich and Raúl Araiza and who received two Ariel awards, the first for Talpa (1955) and the other for La Pachanga In (1981), he obtained the Silver Goddess for Tlayucan (1961) and another for La Casa que arde de noche (1985). I also work for some American directors such as William Witney in Escape from the Devil's Island, and Patrick Garland in The Island in 1974. In 1991 and 1992 he was in charge of the photography of “Yo, tú y el Otro” with Christian Bach, Omar Fierro and Rogelio Guerra, later in "Modelo Antiguo" with Silvia Pinal.

 

Without a doubt Rosalío Solano “Chalío” is a great pride for Querétaro, he received the “Salvador Toscano” medal on February 27 at the National Cinemas for his cinematographic merit. In addition to having received awards from 2 Arieles, 4 Silver Goddesses, 2 Menhoras, 1 Cuauhtémoc, 5 Onix, 2 Heralds, Cinematographic Merit Photo Plaque.


On March 20, 2007, Rosalío Solano attended the XLIX CEREMONIA DE ENTREGA DE LOS ARIELES 2007, which was held at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, an enthusiastic event for Mexican film producers, whose awards were established by the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences AC, for which Rosalío Solano receives Ariel de Oro, the highest award of national cinematography for his career as a cameraman.


Thank you Rosalío, for allowing us to appreciate life through your gaze, your lens, for taking us to live thousands of adventures in your films, for loving cinema and photography.