MIAMI – Agencia EFE on Wednesday in Miami celebrated its 75th anniversary by inaugurating a large photo exhibit featuring a selection of the best images from the archives of Spain’s international news agency.
The exhibit was inaugurated by Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and EFE President Jose Antonio Vera at an event attended by about 300 invited guests, including members of the diplomatic corps, top business leaders from Spain and Latin America and representatives from the cultural sphere and the main media outlets in Miami.
In his speech at the event, Regalado thanked EFE for “keeping the roots of the Spanish language alive in the United States” and said that the agency had brought “the world’s story” to Miami through the lenses of its photojournalists.
Meanwhile, Vera said that the agency has maintained a presence in the United States stretching back more than 50 years, 30 years of that in Miami, and he emphasized that EFE’s primary distinguishing advantage is its “Spanish origin” and its link with the Spanish language, the world’s second most important tongue currently spoken by more than 500 million people.
Vera also praised the “anonymity” of the journalists and photographers working for EFE, which was founded in Burgos, Spain, in 1939 and today offers news coverage to the world from the planet’s hotspots, as reflected in the photographs from Ukraine or Gaza that are on display at the exhibit.
The exhibit – which has already traveled to the main countries of Latin America – is sponsored by NatCom and is housed in the firm’s headquarters at the Mana Recording Studios in the Magic City’s Wynwood neighborhood.
NatCom President Robert Rodriguez thanked the many people attending the exhibit’s inauguration ceremony and also announced NatCom and EFE’s strategic alliance to produce audiovisual content concerning new technologies, health, personal finance and the environment.
The exposition inaugurated on Wednesday includes 75 highly significant historical images, many of them linked with key events in the collective memory of Miami and the United States, such as the struggle of Cuban exiles for freedom, the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina.
The images, chosen from the archive of more than 17 million photos amassed during the 75 years since EFE’s founding, will be on public display for two weeks at the Mana Studios.
Visitors to the exhibit also will be able to recognize photos taken at other historic events including the death of Colombian druglord Pablo Escobar, Peru’s Mario Vargas Llosa receiving the Nobel Prize, Pope Francis after being chosen pontiff and the Spanish national soccer team receiving the World Cup trophy in South Africa in 2010.
Other noteworthy photos include one of the meeting between Spanish Gen. Francisco Franco and Adolf Hitler in October 1940 in Hendaya, France, during World War II, which was discovered by EFE professionals in 2006 during their work to digitalize the archive.
There are also images of iconic entertainment figures from Latino culture in the United States, including singers Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias and rapper Pitbull, not to mention moving photographs of the odyssey of Hispanic immigrants on the U.S. southern border.
The exposition is also supported by the Spain Tourism Office, Altadis USA, Diario de Las Americas newspaper, St. Thomas University and the Dominican Republic Tourism Office.
EFE is the world’s largest Spanish-language news agency and No. 4 overall.
With more than 3,000 professionals working in 120 countries, EFE generates more than 5,000 items per day of text, photo, audio, video and multimedia.
In the United States, Agencia EFE offers a national Spanish-language news service aimed at the Hispanic market, as well as a global English-language service, while the agency’s journalists provide full coverage of the U.S. scene for the agency’s clients worldwide.