Moscow 2012 : Cervantes Institute in Moscow
The Cervantes Institute is offering "Marín - Photographs 1908-1940" through April 25. Luis Ramón Marín was a Spanish photojournalist (1884 -1944). Through 60 black and white prints, the exhibition shows the important events of early 20th century Spain including the development of mass media the political and social upheavals and the golden age of literature and art.
• 20.03—25.04 : Luís Ramón Marín “Photographs 1908-1940” presented by the Cervantes Institute in Moscow
The exhibition 'Marín – Photographs 1908-1940' brings to public attention a key figure in Spanish photography and photojournalism, undeservedly overlooked for many years. His work is distinctive for its natural quality, precision and ideally aligned composition, for which Marín is rightly regarded as one of the leading masters of 20th-century photography.
The exhibition also illustrates important events in early 20th-century Spain: rapid development of the mass media, political and social uprisings, a heyday of literature and art… Marín recorded life in Spain for more than thirty years, and every pressing theme of that epoch was recorded in his lens.
The exhibition consists of 60 black-and-white photographs, contemporary copies preserved in the archives of the Pablo Iglesias Foundation. The photographs are printed in large format (60 x 80 cm).
Luis Ramón Marín's archive includes about 18,000 negatives, more than 15,000 of which are on glass plates. Marín passed away in 1944, but before his death he managed to put all the materials in order and leave copious explanatory notes. After 1940 not one of Marín's photographs was published. How did his images of Republicans, Alfonso XIII and famous leftist intellectuals survive during the Spanish Civil War? Fearing political repression, Marín's widow Eduarda Plá concealed the 18,000 negatives behind her kitchen wall, where they remained for several decades. Her daughter Lucía then bequeathed the negatives to the Pablo Iglesias Foundation, which restored and digitalised the materials from Marín's archive several years ago, in conjunction with the Telefónica Foundation. This exhibition is a priceless historical legacy that will familiarise visitors with hidden and forgotten pages in the history of the pre-war period.
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