1952 to 1953
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 from Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, Castile, Catalonia, Extremadura, Galicia, Mallorca, Ibiza, Formentera, Murcia, Navarro, the Pais Vasco, and Santander, 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, townscapes 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.