Virxilio Vieitez

Virxilio Vieitez

About Virxilio Vieitez

The work of Virxilio Vieitez, recognized as one of the greats of contemporary photography, fits in the tradition of the beginnings of the photographic practice, placing itself somewhere between documentary testimony and art. In his time, Vieitez refused to limit himself to the study photography, the most usual then, throwing himself into the street to give graphic testimony of the daily life and, above all, the transoceanic emigration. This was one of the sources of inspiration for photography, whether it was in the places of destination or, as in the case of Virxilio, in the houses and meeting places of the Galician context. The migratory flows encouraged the sending of photos of those who left and wanted to give news, not only of their arrival, but of their installation in their destination. Relatives, in response, began sending photos of themselves to their emigrant relatives, portraying themselves with the radio or next to imposing cars to show the status reached. Virxilio’s photographs also served to document important events in family life, such as portraits, weddings, or deaths.