The next Friday, 16 November, to 20:00 hours, It will perform at the Teatro Echegaray Cuevas del Almanzora book photographic accounts of Almería in the nineteenth century. Lights in history. Edited by Arráez Publishers and sponsored by the City of Cuevas del Almanzora. It is a study of the ambitious and pioneering time because it delves into a topic, the history of photography in our province, on which so far they had only made partial and timid approaches.
Reviewing the work through its 344 the picture pages of photography throughout our entire provincial geography in a period, as the second half of the nineteenth, where the image, especially documentary, still not lavished. Since the presentation of the amazing discovery of photography 1839 He spent a quarter century until it opened its doors the first photo studio in the capital and, since then, were installed very gradually other portraitists in the city and major towns as Cuevas del Almanzora or Adra. Apart portrait, which it is addressed comprehensively, I have insisted on recovering a graphic heritage hitherto scattered and poorly systemized, presenting a collection of almost 300 -many of them unpublished- images that define formal and thematic evolution of photography for half a century almeriense.
But it is not a history of photography to use, namely, I have not tried to approach it from strictly chronological budgets, or structured by geographic area. I have considered more appropriate, after the pleasantness, select a set of more or less relevant historical events and significant social events for its strangeness they enjoyed a remarkable photographic coverage, rare coincidence in one step and in a geography where the photographic image was not exactly lavish. The scheme is usually always the same: historical contextualization happens to the account of the vicissitudes immortalized by the camera, supplemented later with inputs for the actual authorship clarify or perceived images and a thorough description thereof. Apart from this dominant structure has been the chapter devoted to portraits and portraitists, following the usual development in fotohistorias, namely, a geographical division that has been granted a chronological arrangement from the pioneers to the photographers who staged the turn of the century.
We say to finish that this is a very careful edition, where images have been retouched with care so they look to the full. The book is bound in cloth with illustrated dust jackets.