Autumn of 1975 in Barcelona

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Autumn of 1975 in Barcelona.: 

Autumn of 1975 in Barcelona. The man who had ruled Spain with an iron fist for more than a quarter of a century was fighting for his life. Critically ill he was probably kept alive only to give the powers to be a chance to map the future without the Caudillo. Sipping a wine in my favorite Bodega in the Barrio-Gotico of Barcelona I heard the news of Franco's death at about 8 o'clock in the evening. There was a strange silence so unreal for a place filled with happy drinkers. Outside the streets where swept clean – nobody out everybody home. All of Barcelona seemed to be holding it's breath, digesting the shocking news . And than all of a sudden the streets came alive In no time the old center of town filled up with thousands of serious looking people. They came to celebrate and to speak Catalan in public, even booklets printed in the forbidden language were distributed with no police interference, Barcelona and with it all of Spain had entered a new era. That night in November 1975 remains one of the most moving experiences of my life. Most of the photographs before you were taken around the time Franco's demise showing "my quarter" the Barrrio-Gotico from September 1975 to February 1976.

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Curriculum Vitae Born1939 in Germany; Survived Hitler's Reich in a Catholic Orphanage Began work as a Freelance Photographer after High School Lived and Worked in Algeria, Morocco, Ireland, Spain, Mexico & U.S.A. Worked 10 years as a Fashion and Advertising Photographer in Dusseldorf, Germany Since 1977 in Jerusalem Until 1982 worked in Public Relations/ Propaganda, mainly Audio-Visual and multimedia Illustrated "Jerusalem: the Measure of a Year" a book published by Carta & The Jerusalem Post After an interlude of 15 years as Father/ Interior Designer/ Builder, picked up the Camera and returned to Photography Photos Published in Eretz Magazine Currently finishing Album on Jerusalem (Photography and Script) Exhibitions: Germany, Mexico, Italy, Jerusalem Fields of Interest: The Human Face of Jerusalem; Portraiture; City- and Landscapes