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Instituto Cervantes
Co-published by Fundacion Pablo Iglesias

Texts by Alfonso Guerra, Carmen Caffarel Serra, Rafael Levenfeld, Valentin Vallhonrat, Ricardo Gonzalez


248 x 198 mm
ISBN: 978-84-95886-54-5


About the Artist
Luis Ramón Marín, known to the press simply as Marín, was one of the first photographers to get out into the streets to record daily life and the news with his camera, supplying magazines and illustrated dailies which were enjoying a heyday during the first decades of the last century. Moreover, Marín is a pioneer of aerial photography in Spain, an aspect of his work begun in 1913, hardly a decade after the development of aviation itself. Marín was essentially a press photographer (he published more than 1,000 photos per year). He was, amongst his other jobs, press correspondent to the Royal Family, which he followed even during the holidays (thus many of the photographs have an unusual family air). He recorded the main events of Spanish cultural and political life and portrayed its leading figures. He also turned his lens on street scenes and anonymous faces of the common people. According to the exhibition’s curators, Rafael Levenfield and Valentín Vallhonrat, “his work draws the profile of a photographer who lived what he did, independently of who his client was. The variety of the subjects reflects the immense vitality with which he carried out his countless activities. We don’t know if it is the photography and its content which contribute this vitality to his life or vice versa. We think it is his fabulous appetite to live intensely which stamps character on his enormous work. By car, plane or motorbike, Marín was able to photograph the most diverse events one after another.”

About the Publisher
The Instituto Cervantes was set up by Spain in 1991 to promote and teach Spanish and to spread the culture of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries.
It is based in Madrid and in Alcalá de Henares (in Madrid province), the city where the writer Miguel de Cervantes was born.
Instituto Cervantes centres are spread across five continents.
The work of Instituto Cervantes is directed by representatives from the academic, cultural and literary world within the field of Spanish and Hispanic-America. In Dublin, the Institute collaborates with museums, galleries, theatres, publishing houses and other Irish cultural institutions, as well as Spanish and Latin-American organisms.