We here at Mad 4 Madrid try to find interesting, fun, unique and affordable events to share with our readers. Our goal is that whether you are just passing through, or permanently living in Madrid, that you find the best ways to spend both your weekdays as well as your weekends. This Friday, after a long workweek, we decided to start the weekend off with a bit of culture and history. We headed over towards metro stop Ríos Rosas, to the Canal de Isabel II’s gallery in order to check out the current installment: Enrique Meneses. La vida de un reporter. There are over 90 black and white photos on display and the gallery alone is worth the trip.
Canal de Isabel II is located on Calle Santa Engracia across the street from a well-known (and delicious) tex-mex restaurant called La Panza es Primero. You can reach the building by taking the line 1 metro to Rios Rosas, and following the long, brick wall till you arrive at the entrance. Note: Our out of town guests, and residients alike, must show identification in order to enter. A passport or DNI will work just fine. As it’s the main water plant in Madrid, extra security measures are taken.
The exhibit is inside of a large water tower and in order to see all of the photos on display, one must climb the iron stairs to the very top. There is no cost to enter and photos, without flash, are allowed. When we stepped in, we saw that there was a film playing about Meneses with other interviews from people who know him and his work very well. As we didn’t know how much of the film we had missed, we decided to head in the direction of the photos.
Meneses is a Spanish photographer, born in Madrid, but raised in both Paris and Portugal around the time of the Second World War. His father was also a journalist. Perhaps this insane level of talent ran in the family. Meneses was a well-traveled, curious, pensive and creative journalist. He’s best known for capturing the moments that to most seem mundane, and to him are make or break.
While other journalists may have looked at such events such as the Black American struggle for civil rights in the 1960’s and thought, “It’s too dangerous” or “it’s not a big enough story” Meneses dove head first with camera in hand. Some of his most memorable shots include those taken in Cairo, Egypt, Cuba with Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, and the United States of America during the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; interviews with Salvador Dalí, Martin Luther King Junior and Mohammed Ali. He also captured several weddings including that of the Greek royal family.
The exhibit itself doubles as a trip back in time, but the photos and all of the interactive facets to the exhibit are so engaging and we found the exposition to be complete, well-thought out and informative. As it’s free and open until 20:30h, it can’t be missed