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Federico W. Lithgow Ceara worked as a doctor in Santiago de los Caballeros. He was a member of Jueves 68, a photographic group from Santiago that started the most dynamic and transcendent artistic group movement in the history of Dominican photography, and therefore of group photographic movements in the Dominican Republic. 

In this photograph, Lithgow Ceara shows us a genre scene from 1948. In the image, there is a stamp that describes a part of the geography of Santiago de los Caballeros, related to everyday life and livelihoods of the early twentieth century.

In the foreground, it is observed a group of women dressed in white during the process of washing clothes on the banks of the Yaque del Norte River. With this first group of washerwomen, begins the route of a suggestive diagonal line, which breaks undulating, in its projection to subsequent planes, providing movement and depth to the composition.

A second group of people appears distant, realizing similar activities ahead of blurred houses and trees that give visual closure to the work. 

Learn more about the work of photographer Federico W. Lithgow Ceara by consulting the Dominican Photography Fund Natalio Puras Penzo or through the book History of Dominican photography vol. I of Jeannette Miller in the Media Center of the León Center.

If you are interested in the great ones of Dominican photography, consult From teacher to teacher: Photography collective with Max Pou, Natalio Puras Penzo (Apeco), Faustino Pérez, Domingo Batista and Wifredo García, article published in Artes in Santo Domingo, in the year 2007.

 Book by Jeannette Miller

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