Anthology of Cuenca photographers is exhibited at the Antigua Central School

Anthology of Cuenca photographers is exhibited at the Antigua Central School

After delving into archives, doing interviews and reviewing a series of texts, photographer Gabriela Parra will present the first anthology of those people who dedicated themselves to photography in Cuenca, in the XNUMXth and XNUMXst centuries.

For the presentation, an exhibition of the photographers' works was organized, a series of conversations and the presentation of a book that narrates the research that Parra did in the last two years.

In the first instance the exhibition will be opened to the public. For this, the inauguration of the exhibition will be held at the Antigua Central School, today, at 18:30 p.m. At the opening there will be some of the photographers who are part of the anthology.

With the exhibition, the public will have the opportunity to delve into the work of the 32 photographers identified in the investigation.

From the photography of what were considered the elites of Cuenca, through the landscape of what was not yet a city, to the portraits left by photojournalism and photographic studios, they are part of the exhibition.

“The first thing I did was get closer to the beginnings of photography, which is in the XNUMXth century, with itinerant photographers, and from that point onwards some photographers who already lived in Cuenca emerged. Then the golden generation appears. Then the photo studies follow. Then you have photography in universities, in journalism and finally those of the XNUMXst century,” Parra said.

Through the exhibition, the idea is to show the public a small fragment of what photography has been in Cuenca.


The viewer will have the opportunity to observe, as soon as the tour begins, a photograph from 1878 and 1879, which was taken by Manuel de Jesús Alvarado. His photographs show the historic center and surrounding areas.

Next is the renowned photographer Manuel Jesús Serrano, whose photos date back to the second decade of the XNUMXth century.

Within that same time there are the photographs of Emmanuel Honorato Vázquez, Agustín Landívar, Gabriel Carrasco, Víctor Coello and Rafael Sojos.

In a second space lie the photos that were taken in the photographic studios, in the middle of the XNUMXth century, as well as the work of Vicente Tello, renowned photojournalist.

Added to these are portraits, experimental photographs, architecture and characters that were photographed in the XNUMXst century.


Discussions and books

The exhibition, which will be open until October 12, is only the first part of the anthology. The second part is related to four conversations that will begin today, at 10:00, at the Antigua Central School.

A second conversation will take place on September 20. The third will be on October 3. While the last one will be on October 5.

The last product will be the presentation of the book, on October 12, whose edition was in charge of the Publishing House of the University of Azuay and the Publishing House of the Municipality of Cuenca.