The Mario Vázquez Raña photographic gallery, newspaper archives and library (Fototeca, Hemeroteca y Biblioteca Mario Vázquez Raña) is a universe that, amidst slices of paper, cocoons photographers’ glances, editors’ opinions, indefatigable journalists’ searches with the purpose of sharing individual and collective experiences that constitute our existence.
Sorting through what newspaper archives and photographic galleries offer is like opening a time capsule. This material in custody for decades, appears today in the spotlight; with new eyes and new readers, it becomes new information. By revisiting texts and images, we establish a dialogue with millions of people who preceded us. It is worth refraining from imposing contemporaneous value judgements but, rather, understanding past actions by confronting them with the legacy we built for the future.