Photojournalism and Memory: Agustí Centelles’s Legacy

  • Katherine O. Stafford
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict book series (PSCHC)


Newsweek ‘s August 1, 1936, cover features an image of three men braced against the bodies of fallen horses on the sidewalk of the Carrer de Diputació, Barcelona, pointing their rifles at an unknown subject (figure 1.1). The photo represents the events of July 19, 1936, when various working-class military groups succeeded in squelching rebel insurgent forces’ attempts to take the city. Inside the issue, Newsweek provides a well-illustrated summary of the recent events. Regarding this battle for Barcelona, the text of the magazine reflects:

The battle lasted three days. In the streets at least 300 lay dead. Squads of Sindicalists and Communists, who joined forces, restored order. Among those they buried—said a government announcement—was Gen. Manuel Goded. He had led his troops from their barracks to take over the seaport. But 60,000 militiamen unexpectedly barred the way. Goded took refuge in the Hotel Colon. While Reds burned churches and shot down priests and nuns, the military besieged the hostelry and forced the handsome insurgent chief to surrender. (7–8)


Concentration Camp Historical Memory Liminal Space National Symbol Bullet Hole 
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