June 13, 2021

“Ricardo Compairé. Record of a time”, a trip to the past of Alto Aragón

Zaragoza, May 20 (EFE) .- The Paraninfo of Zaragoza hosts the exhibition “Ricardo Compairé. Record of a time”, composed of almost 200 photographs that show the Alto-Aragon society of the early 20th century through clothing, the house, the shepherds and their landscapes, which can be visited from this Thursday until September 18.

The exhibition is distributed thematically and is a reflection of all the themes that Compairé was passionate about, the Heritage and Culture technique of the University of Zaragoza and curator of the exhibition, María García, said at a press conference.

A part of the exhibition has been dedicated to the markets and has photographs showing the Ayerbe Fair and there is also an unpublished series dedicated to the city of Zaragoza.

Compairé studied pharmacy in Barcelona and while running a pharmacy in Hecho, he realized that “that old-fashioned way of life” was going to disappear, García explained.

The photographer portrayed through his photographs the people of the area, the houses, the implements, the customs … everything that he considered was “going to be lost in oblivion.”

He also photographed the landscapes of the Aragonese Pyrenees from the 20s of the last century until 1936 and, in this dissemination of the Aragonese heritage, he took his photographs to the international exhibitions in Barcelona and Seville in 1929. In both exhibitions he obtained the first prize.

Enrique Chabier Compairé Angulo, the photographer’s grandson, has said that he spent 14 years of his life with him and has defined him as a “serious and introverted” person.

One of his grandfather’s first hobbies, Enrique said, was painting and thanks to this he learned to compose in his photographs all the characters that appear in them, which seem to “be telling a story.”

When Compairé took the photograph of the altarpiece in the Collegiate Church of Santa María la Mayor de Bolea, his grandson told us that the area was very dark and sent his assistant to collect all the candles that the residents of the area had in their homes around the town. houses, and thus managed to photograph “perfectly” all the details of the altarpiece.

Compairé left a legacy of more than 4,000 photographs. This exhibition recovers the production that was presented in 2009 under the title, “Ricardo Compairé (1883-1965). The photographer’s work” and includes copies that the Huesca Photo Library and the Compairé Angulo family have given.

In addition to the exhibition, a catalog has been prepared that includes the photographs of Ricardo Compairé and that includes texts written by Enrique Carbó, María García and Severino Pallaruelo, which cover the biography, career and relevant aspects of the photographer.

The vice-rector for Culture and Social Projection of Unizar, Yolanda Polo Redondo, was also present at the press conference. She said that Compairé sought to collect “the details” and “faces” through her photographs so that they would remain in time.

This afternoon at 7:00 p.m. Polo, together with the rector of Unizar, José Antonio Mayoral and accompanied by relatives of Compairé, will inaugurate the exhibition.


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