The Festival Internacional de Fotografía de Castilla y León (FIFCYL) presents the exhibition El narrador de historias by Álvaro de Castro Cea.
He was probably one of the most emblematic photographers of Castilla y León at the beginning of the 20th century. A portraitist by profession, his archive includes more than 10,000 glass and celluloid photographs which are kept in the Provincial Historical Archive of Palencia together with the photographic archive of his son Álvaro de Castro del Bosque. All these images document the cultural and social fabric of the time and bear witness to the evolution of the author’s photographic language. Located in Ampudia, his studio was the place where the inhabitants of the region went, for many reasons, to have their photographs taken. Administrative photographs, a specific occasion, a celebration, every occasion is a good opportunity to return to History. Gradually, Álvaro de Castro Cea began to set up his studio outside. These images are now a precious testimony of that time. This first edition of the Festival seems to us the best opportunity to pay tribute to this great photographer whose style has not ceased to evolve, from a certain type of documentary portrait to the so-called psychological portraits that recall a tradition of portrait photography typical of Félix Nadar (1820-1910) and his concept of the intimate likeness, or that of the American photographer Mike Disfarmer (1884-1959).
With the collaboration of the Provincial Historical Archive of Palencia, and the Castro Castrillo Family.
Festival Internacional de Fotografía de Castilla y León – FIFCYL
Álvaro de Castro Cea : El narrador de historias
Until May 29, 2021