We recently visited the exhibition of photographs by Javier Reyes Acuña at the Casa Amarilla in Arrecife, and were fascinated and moved by this vivid glimpse of a long-gone Lanzarote.
Javier Reyes was born in 1926 and set up his own photographic studio in Haría in the late 1940s. For 30 years he documented the daily life of the people of northern Lanzarote and La Graciosa,.
Reyes took thousands of photos – not just the studio portraits that were his bread and butter, but spontaneous snaps of local weddings, dances, religious ceremonies and the day-to-day life of the people of Haría, many of whom had never been photographed before.
From nervous bridegrooms to cheeky children, women proudly showing off their best clothes and young people having fun by the sea, Reyes’ camera captures a Lanzarote that existed before tourism, and the people who lived there. Their gaze is as fresh today isas it was 70 years ago.
La Mirada Artesania by Javier Reyes Acuña is at the Casa Amarilla, the old yellow-tiled Cabildo building at the foot of Arrecife’s main shopping street, C/Leon y Castillo No 6 (known to everyone as Calle Real).
The exhibition is open from 10am – 6pm Monday to Friday, 10am -2.30 pm on Saturdays and will remain open until January. Admission is free.
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