View Full Version : Small collection of glass plates from Barcelona in 1900

Joan Fortuny
02-08-2012, 10:39 AM
Dear community,

I would like to share with you the blogspot (http://www.moyafotografia.blogspot.com/)I am currently working on to show the +/-30 glass plates that my great-grandfather took some 110 years ago in Barcelona and that survived to our days. At the turning of last century, street photography was quite uncommon in Spain and even if the photos taken by an amateur such as my ancestor, may not be technically excellent (some are pretty good though), most of them have a significant historical interest (and a sentimental one for our family). The short text accompanying each photo is in Catalan with its English translation. Photos have been minimally retouched (or not at all) to show their current state of conservation.

When all glass plates have been uploaded, I'll try to do a "now&then" comparison for the ones that I've been able to identify the location, and I'll post some shots of the actual plates and original boxes they've been stored in during all these years.

My ancestor, who was an entrepreneur and in many aspects, in advance of the time he had to live in, would be certainly amazed if people from all over the world could see his surviving photographic production.

Many thanks!


Joan Fortuny

02-08-2012, 11:01 AM

Thank you for sharing those images. A number of years ago (too long a story for here) I somehow managed to put together an exhibition of approximately 100 Francis Frith albumen prints. It actually started because I had a book of comparative Frith photographs done by Jane Reese Williams of Santa Fe, NM. As part of the exhibition (another long story) we entertained and had as a speaker Dr. Zahi Hawass who is often on the National Geographic Channel and is the Minister of Antiquities for Egypt.

Perhaps with some networking and sleuthing you can expand your project.


02-08-2012, 11:20 AM
marvelous set of images with a strong documentary focus, thanks for 'bringing them to light'

02-08-2012, 12:22 PM
Wonderful photographs, thanks for sharing with us.

04-26-2012, 06:25 PM
Moltes gracies Joan,

Thanks for sharing these wonderful photographs.