José Latova. Forty years of Spanish archaeological photography

José Latova. Forty years of Spanish archaeological photography
MAN [MAD] Spain. 27.04 > 27.08.2017
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Shabti of clay wrapped in linen. Tomb of Djehuti, in Draa Abu el Naga (Luxor, Egypt). 2013. Photograph © Colección Latova. Image courtesy of MAN
Museo Arqueológico Nacional (MAN) has opened José Latova´s exhibition to the public. "Forty years of Spanish archaeological photography". The exhibition, which will remain open until August 27, is curated by Enrique Baquedano and Agustín de la Casa and follows the career of José Latova Fernández-Luna, a name associated with the most relevant archaeological projects carried out by the last generation of Spanish researchers.
More than one hundred photographs, four audio-visual publications and numerous publications show a tour of the MAN that covers the professional career of Latova from its beginnings as Deputy General Manager of the Ministry of Culture to the present, showing the evolution of archaeological documentation and archaeological diffusion.

Excavations, inventories and exhibitions

Throughout his long professional career, the photographer has done a valuable work of archaeological documentation not only in field works, also with the museum funds in inventory tasks and to illustrate catalogs of exhibitions, because the last objective of this process is the dissemination of knowledge of our heritage.

The exhibition is articulated arround several topics:excavation systems in various lands, including underwater archeology, are at the core of the approach, with a special mention of the sites in charge of Spanish missions in Egypt.

Another outstanding area is the one that deals with the inventory of our rock art, a rigorous record of this fragile heritage of the rocky walls of different corners of the Iberian Peninsula. In the itinerary of the exhibition, a spectacular reproduction (ortho-giga-image) on a 1:1 scale of a part of the ceiling of the Cave of Altamira, in which it is possible to be appraised even the smallest detail of its technique of execution.

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Enrique Baquedano Agustín de la Casa
Organized by
Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport
National Archaeological Museum Regional Archaeological Museum. Madrid's community
April 27 - August 27, 2017
Visiting hours
Tuesday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m.
- 8:00 p.m. Sundays and public holidays: 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Free entrance
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