SANTIAGO – A photo exhibition at one of the schools of the University of Chile gives visitors a look at milestones in Latin America’s development, such as the construction of the Panama Canal and the building of the tallest skyscraper in Chile, through the lenses of Agencia EFE’s photographers.
The “EFE, 75 años de historia y 25 años construyendo America Latina” (EFE, 75 years of history and 25 years of building in Latin America) exhibition, which features 75 photographs, showcases some of the best images produced by EFE during its history, as well as illustrating the development of infrastructure in Latin America over the past quarter of a century.
“This exhibition reflects the modernization of infrastructure that Latin America is undergoing, without which it would be impossible to advance to a better world,” Spanish Ambassador to Chile Carlos Robles Fraga said during the inauguration of the photo exhibit on Tuesday.
The exhibition, which runs until Dec. 21 at the University of Chile’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, includes photographs of some of the most important moments in the history of the world’s first Spanish-language international news agency, as well as highlighting the political, social and economic changes experienced in Chile and the rest of Latin America.
The photo exhibit also presents images that show the significant increase in infrastructure investment in Latin America in recent years and the transformative effects this has had on public services, access to markets and the welfare of citizens.
The level of development in the region has been “unbelievable,” Agencia EFE’s director for the Southern Cone, Pedro Damian Diego Perez, said, adding that the news agency’s legacy would be one of “recording the change in Latin America’s image.”
The exhibition “tells about the investments that have been made with public and private collaboration,” and notes, at the same time, “the big challenges that the region must still deal with,” University of Chile School of Architecture and Urban Planning associate dean Ruben Sepulveda Ocampo said.
“After 75 years, you still have poverty, although today you have access to infrastructure,” Sepulveda Ocampo said.
The photographs of Chile show the country’s natural beauty, great moments in sports and the ability of the country’s 17 million people to turn tragedy into collective feats.
The goal of the photo exhibition, which will travel to other cities in Chile in 2015, is to use images to illustrate the historical links between Spain and the Americas via the world’s first Spanish-language international news agency and one of the four largest news agencies in the world.
Agencia EFE “makes an effort each day to create an Ibero-American community,” an essential matter for Spaniards, for whom “it is impossible to understand themselves without thinking about Latin America,” Ambassador Fraga said.
The historic photographs in the exhibition come from an archive of 15 million original images dating back to the 19th century and spanning the decades to the present.
Leading figures from the construction industry and academia attended the inauguration on Tuesday of the exhibition, which is being sponsored by Spanish construction company FCC and the Infrastructure Policy Council.