Posts Tagged ‘Spain’

Alhambra

Monday, June 25th, 2012

 

Spain – Grenada – Detail of the hammam in the Palace of the Alhambra

 

Spain – Grenada – Architectural detail of the Palace at the Alhambra

 

Spain – Grenada – Details of Arabesque columns inside the Alhambra Palace

 

Spain – Grenada – Detail of a stone path

 

Spain – Grenada – Detail of an arch in the Court of the Lions, Alhambra Palace

 

Spain – Grenada – Detail of Arabesque arch, Alhambra Palace

 

Spain – Grenada – Detail of Arabesque arch, Alhambra Palace

 

Spain – Grenada – Detail of the pool of the Partal in the Alta Alhambra

 

Spain – Grenada – Shadow of roof tiles on a wall at the Alhambra Palace

No Pasaran

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

This Saturday, July 2nd 2011 marks the 75th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War and events will be held at memorials all across the UK. This annual commemoration honours the 2,500 men and women from the British Isles who served in the International Brigades as soldiers or medics, of whom 526 were killed in Spain. They were among 35,000 volunteers from around the world who rallied to the Spanish Republic as it tried to put down the fascist-backed military revolt.

In the London ceremony on the South Bank, I believe that two surviving veterans plan to attend. They are David Lomon, who was captured with other members of the British Battalion during fighting in Aragón in the spring of 1938 and spent six months in the notorious prison camp of San Pedro de Cardeñas, near Burgos, and Thomas Watters, who served in the Madrid-based Scottish Ambulance Unit. I hope I can be there.

In 1996 I wrote and photographed a piece for the Independent Magazine about the veterans of that war.

Here are three images that I found from my archive.

No Pasaran

 

UK - London - Alf, Spanish Civil War veteran

UK - London - Michael Economides, Spanish Civil War veteran

UK - London - Max Collins, Spanish Civil War veteran