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'' Photography is part of everyday life. It has been incorporated in such a way in society that we encounter our existence in any corner. He presides over all events, both private and public. It is lent a documentary character to the point of making it appear as the most faithful and impartial reproduction procedure of social life. ''

Gisèle Freund, abstract of the book Photography as social document.

Santiago (Chaguito) Morel focused his work mainly on documentary work and the capture of everyday events in Santiago. He worked this language throughout his life, sharing it with other professional activities. His photographs are examples of the documentary work of the time, where in addition to representing the most trivial scenes of everyday life, the pomp of the dictatorial regime was reproduced. The parades and processions were a fundamental vehicle for reaffirming the authority of the regime. This photograph is an example of it, which is added to the reminder of domination, a symbolic element, the power of the church, which played a leading role at that time.

Santiago (Chaguito) Morel was a Dominican photographer, born in Montecristi in 1914. Self-taught, he began photography in the 1930 decade, with some elementary instruction, obsessively pursuing the spontaneous images of his environment. He worked photography throughout his life sharing it with other professional activities. He was a founding member of the photographic group Jueves 68, one of the groups with the most impact in the history of Dominican photography.

Learn more about documentary photography and the relationship between photography and society by consulting the book Photography as social document  de Gisèle Freund at the Media Center of León with the code 778.9907 / F889d.


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