Spain 1952–1953

1952 to 1953
Spain
Alan Lomax's Spanish field recordings, made in 1952 during the Franco regime, bear witness to a time in Spanish cultural history which remains relatively obscure. Made in cooperation with the BBC, the collection was recorded with the assistance of Jeanette "Pip" Bell, and with the collaboration of Eduardo Turner, Juan Uria Riu, Julio Caro Baroja, Antonio Mari, Walter Starkie, and Radio Nacional. It samples the folk music of Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, Castile, Catalonia, Extremadura, Galicia, Mallorca and Ibiza, Murcia, Navarro, the Pais Vasco, and Santander, and includes vaqueiradas, albaes, desafios, and pig castrators' panpipe melodies.

In 1952 Alan Lomax acquired a used Leica and shot over 700 black and white photos to accompany his audio recordings in Spain. This Spanish collection represents Lomax's first serious attempt to put photography at the center of the documentation process. The collection portrays styles of traditional Spanish folk music and dance with images of performers, instruments, dance styles, and traditional dress, and many in-depth portraits as well. Scenes of agriculture, domestic work, village marketplaces and streets, child-rearing and family life, town-scapes and architecture, and regional customs reveal much about the "lost decades" in Spanish history, obliterated in the fear and silence of the Franco regime during the 1940s and '50s.

Ibiza Town 7/52

Val de San Lorenzo 10/52

Unidentified Spain 1952–1953

Unidentified Galicia 11/52

Unidentified Asturias 11/52

Unidentified Castilla y Leon 8/52

Barcelona 6/52

Paredes Leiro 11/52

Bormujos III 9/52

Bollullos de la Mitación 9/52

Tolosa 1/53

Lesaka 1/53

Elizondo 1/53

Arbizu 1/53

Donostia-San Sebastián 1/53

Erratzu 1/53

Pamplona 12/52

Alhama 12/52

Sangonera la Verde 12/52

Sanabria 11/52

A Cañiza 12/52

Luintra 11/52

Orense City 11/52

Hío 11/52

Zarzuela del Monte 10/52

Corcubión 11/52

Marcenado 11/52

Porrúa 11/52

Uznayo de Polaciones 11/52

Mieres del Campo 11/52

Oviedo 11/52

Gijón 11/52

Madrid 12/52

Villalibre de Somoza 11/52

Monreal del Campo 10/52

Villanueva de Castellón 8/52

Zaragoza 10/52

Zarautz 8/52

Ergoien-Oiartzun 8/52

Bormujos II 9/52

Bormujos I 9/52

Coria 9/52

Jérez de la Frontera 9/52

Llanes 11/52

Pola de Siero 11/52

Luarca 11/52

Vegas del Matute 10/52

Val de San Lorenzo 11/52

Castrillo de los Polvazares 11/52

Lumago de Laciana 11/52

Granada 9/52

Guacín 9/52

Tarifa 9/52

Seville 9/52

Consell-Oriente 7/52

Arenas de Cabrales 11/52

Santibañez de Murias 11/52

Potes 11/52

Lagartera 12/52

Villanueva de los Infantes 9/52

La Solana 9/52

Ondarroa 1/53

Uitzi 12/52

Zeanuri 8/52

Unidentified Spain 12/52

Sóller 7/52

Albarracín 10/52

Valldemossa 7/52

Monteagudo 12/52

Solveira 11/52

Faramontaos 11/52

Sobrado do Bispo 11/52

Ribadavia 11/52

Soutoxuste 11/52

Fisterre 11/52

Valencia City 8/52

Tavernes de la Valldigna 8/52

Yebra de Basa 12/52

Belón-Trujillo 10/52

Sant Josep 7/52

Belmonte de Miranda 11/52

La Mola 7/52

Palma Festival 6/52

Portbou 6/52

Andalucia dubs 9/52

Cáceres II 10/52

Cáceres I 10/52

Arroyo de la Luz 10/52

Unidentified Spain

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