Postigo. Chronicle of an era

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The exhibition shows the social, cultural, sports and political chronicle of the late 70s to the early 90s, made by Fernando Postigo, as a Transition photojournalist. Postigo is a relevant figure within the local sphere and his work is testimony to these years of great social upheaval within the framework of the Transition period.

  • From 30th July to 1st Novembre
  • From Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00-20:00.
  • Laboratory
  • Free admission
  • Curator: Elisa Querejeta Casares
Manifestación por el asesinato de Iñaki Barandiaran. Donostia / San Sebastián. Fernando Postigo, 1978-07-12
Escena en Alderdi Eder. Donostia / San Sebastián. Fernando Postigo, 1978
Descarga de pescado en el puerto. Donostia / San Sebastián. Fernando Postigo, 1978
Los actores Harrison Ford y Carrie Fisher en la presentación de StarWars en el Festival de Cine de San Sebastián. Fernando Postigo, 1977
Incidentes en San Sebastián por la muerte de Iñaki Quijera. Fernando Postigo, 1979-09-01
Pintores en el puente de María Cristina. Donostia / San Sebastián. Fernando Postigo 2000


"Postigo, chronicle of an era is an exhibition made starting out with a selection of 300 photographs taken from the Photographic Collection of Fernando Postigo Silva, donated by the press photographer to San Telmo Museum during a public act on 18 July 2016. The collection is made up of a total of approximately 50,000 negatives, both in colour and black and white.

The exhibition aims to use this selection to give an account of the work carried out by the photographic journalist born in the neighborhood of Gros (San Sebastian) during the period between 1977 and 2001, when he worked for diverse sections of the newspaper La Voz de España and El Diario Vasco, both widely read and popular in Gipuzkoa at the time.

Postigo’s early years of work correspond to years of deep changes and political and social agitation in the Basque Country and throughout the Spanish state, years in which there was great tension between the old and new structures. From the end of the 1970s and throughout the next two decades, the city of San Sebastián saw its streets filled with demonstrations, riots, strikes, terrorist attacks and social conflict, as reflected by Fernando Postigo’s camera and on the front pages of all the press at the time, both provincial and national.

The images presented in the exhibition have been chosen both for their artistic and documentary value. They begin with the San Sebastián Film Festival in 1977, in which tribute was paid to Luis Buñuel, the director from Aragón. This report is followed by a few more political, social and cultural reports and photographies, representative of the Collection, finalising with a set with the series of demonstrations in the streets of Ermua to protest the assassination of Miguel Ángel Blanco, and the photos of the liberation of Ortega Lara, both in July 1997."

Elisa Querejeta Casares


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