ON OCTOBER 3RD TOOK PLACE THE CONFERENCE OF PROF. LORENZO LEÓN DIEZ FROM THE UNIVERSIDAD DE VERACRUZ, IN THE CERVANTES INSTITUTE OF BUDAPEST WITH THE TITLE: MEXICAN PHOTOGRAPHERS, HISTORY AND FORMS.

Mr. Iñaki Abad Leguina, Director of the Cervantes Institute after greeting the audience took the opportunity to present the program of the next months of the Institute, then gave the floor to the Ambassador of Mexico in Hungary, Isabel Téllez Rosete. The Ambassador introduced Prof. Lorenzo León as a great promoter of the Mexican culture in Hungarí, as well as of the Hungarian culture in Mexico who has already had several conferences during the last years in Budapest, as in different universities of the country. The presentation will be something different compared to the previous activities, regarding the conference about Mexican photographers of the “LA JORNADA” newspaper, one of the most known journal of Mexico, mentioned the Head of Representation and stressed that several diplomat writers publish in this daily journal. She added the importance of the Hungarian photography that provided important photographers to the world of photography, like Robert Capa, Kertész André, Brassai or Horna Kati. Every one of them left Hungary and is part of the collective memory of the world history of photography. A new photographic genre of great risk was born that demands the extreme concentration of the photographers, a new profession is made, the profession of photojournalist or media photographers.

Prof. Lorenzo León played a video with photographs chosen by him about Mexican photojournalism of the last 25 years based on his research undertaken from the photographic library of the LA JORNADA. It is the last period the analogue photography, the end of the black and White era. Among the projected photographs appeared images as the mortality of 276 people in the flames of some gas supply tanks of the large city of San Juanico, other photograph about the earthquake of 1985; such as two moments related to the PRI former Mexican presidency candidate, Luis Donaldo Colosio. Almost every photographs reflected dramatic moments, examples of the emergency photography.

After the projection took place the questions and answers session. The participants mentioned the similarities between the Mexican photographs and those taken by Robert Capa during the Civil War in Spain, who fought with his camera.

At last, Prof. Lorenzo León Diez offered a set of books about photography to the audience that was donated by the Mexican Ministry of Culture of Mexico City.

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