Agustí Centelles

Centro Cultural Conde Duque

The Spanish Civil War was a major event for photography. The widespread use of newly invented lightweight cameras meant that war in general, and especially the Spanish one, was covered daily on the front pages of newspapers around the world by figures such as Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour, Gerda Taro, Joris Ivens, Tina Modotti, Hans Namuth, and many others. Naturally, many of the photographers covering the war were Spanish, and of those, Agustí Centelles is the one most closely associated with it. This exhibition, organized by the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona and the Area de las Artes de Ayuntamiento de Madrid, was one of the most exhaustive to date on his work.

Centelles’s prestige is relatively newfound, because until 1975 almost all of his negatives were thought to be lost. After Franco’s death, the photographer recovered a suitcase that had been hidden for more

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