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April 12, 2022

Fascinating Black and White Photos of Life in Spain in 1981

Between 1978 and 1982, Spain was led by the Unión del Centro Democrático governments. In 1981 the 23-F coup d'état attempt took place. On 23 February Antonio Tejero, with members of the Guardia Civil entered the Congress of Deputies, and stopped the session, where Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo was about to be named prime minister of the government. Officially, the coup d'état failed thanks to the intervention of King Juan Carlos. Spain joined NATO before Calvo-Sotelo left office. Along with political change came radical change in Spanish society. Spanish society had been extremely conservative under Franco, but the transition to democracy also began a liberalization of values and social customs.

These pictures of Spain in 1981 were taken by Simon Nowicki, a street photographer who has practiced the art of photography for over 35 years. His works are influenced by the likes of Henry Cartier-Bresson, Paul Strand, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander and Rennie Ellis. More fascinating photographs of daily lives could be found at Nowicki's amazing Flickr site.

Madrid

Madrid

Madrid

Seville

Seville

Seville

Barcelona

San Sebastian

San Sebastian

Granada

Granada

Cordoba

Cordoba

Toledo

Toledo




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