by Miranda Duncan
Photographs by renown Colombian photojournalist, Daniel Rodriguez, are on display in the Artway Gallery on the St. Petersburg College Seminole campus from September 6 through October 10. James DeMauro, speaker and co-curator of the collection, spoke about Daniel Rodriguez, his photographs, and the process for preserving the negatives at the Gallery Talk on October 2. Afterward, there was a reception and also a tour guided by Mr. De Mauro.
Between the years 1930 and 1970, Rodriquez took over 12,000 photographs telling the day-to-day story of life for working class, elites, “campesinos” peasants and children in Colombia. His black and white photographs, known for power, beauty and simplicity, captured patterns and contrasting light of Colombian countryside, historic buildings, urban landscapes and popular events. Yet, only about 400 negatives have been printed. Negatives have a maximum life of 70 years, so owners of the collection, grandson Carlos Rodriguez and his wife, Marina are in a race against time to restore this record of the golden age of Colombian and Latin American culture.