Revista Latina

Referees' reports - 2010

The research undertaken by the author of this article deserves our most positive assessment.

Firstly, the subject of photojournalism in the context of the Galician culture is of undoubted interest.

It can certainly be considered as a valuable new contribution to the study of the history of photojournalism in Galicia and Spain.

Secondly, the research focuses on studying various Galician authors, whose work deserves more attention, such as Pepe Sáez, Pacheco, Manuel Ferrol, Xosé Castro and Fernando Bello, through the analysis of meaning production strategies proposed by some of their photographs.

Thirdly, the research provides substantial information on events, personalities and political moments collected by these pictures, from a historical perspective that never forgets the very nature of journalistic photography, which is contrasted and intertwined with the classical conceptions of photojournalism offered by internationally recognized authors like Paul Strand and Robert Frank.

The brilliant photographic analyses proposed, through accurate, fast, clear and subtle writing, show that in these images we can follow the tracks of the slow emergence of modernity in Galicia, and the decisive role played by the printed press in building the social imaginary, which has been registered in our collective visual memory.

In our view, this is article is not only brilliant, but also very necessary at this time, in a contemporary context where the emergence of digital imagery seems to have diluted the enormous importance of photojournalism, both in the past and in the present.– Javier Marzal Felici Ph D., Professor of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising at the Jaume I University.

When a dull virtual reality is being imposed since the triumph of the superficial “digital vision”, it is gratifying to rescue little known photographers, who were personally involved in the social events of the twentieth century. In this article, "Three Photographs..", the author studies on photojournalism, particularly in Galicia, choosing three historical moments and some authors (Pepe Sáez, around the Civil War, Manuel Ferrol and his pained view on emigration in the 1950s; Xosé Castro and Fernando Bellas in the troubled 1970s with the secret illusions) whose lives and works serve to reflect on the capacity of photography to reveal what is hidden in society.

The biographical data, the analyses of the images, the theoretical connections and the expositive structure offered in the article, make a very interesting reading.– Demetrio E. Brisset, Ph. D., Professor of Audiovisual Communication - University of Malaga.

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