The past that Vigo hides in its streets
Among the present of the streets of Vigo, sometimes the memory of the past slips in in the shape of establishments from other times that seem not to know that design and aesthetics are now ruled by other norms. But the curious thing is that this rebellion against the fashions of each of the decades that have passed since they opened their doors has ended up giving them their full value.
These shops now pinned in the city’s history often go unnoticed to the inhabitants of this city in the north-east of the country, in the region of Galicia. They are family trades attended by a second, third or fourth generation.
However, one day Santiago Romero and Eva Díez thought that this Vigo of times past should be perpetuated in a collection of images of a past coexisting with the present.
They took their camera and went around the city for several months to photograph a jeweller’s that first opened in 1918 and had the only revolving shop window.
They also photographed an establishment that receives its visitors with a marble mosaic on the floor from the beginning of the last century, a pharmacy from the 1930s with majestic mahogany shelving made-to-measure and designed specifically to display the bottles of medicines, and the stationer’s that was a referent for Galician immigrants in search of presents that were difficult to find in Argentina or Mexico: missals, prints, crucifixes…
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