EFE | Medellin, Colombia

Agencia EFE, Spain's international news agency, inaugurated an exhibition in Medellin displaying the most iconic photographs taken during its 75-year history.

The inauguration Wednesday was attended by the governor of Antioquia province, Sergio Fajardo, and EFE President Jose Antonio Vera who also received an award from the city mayor's office.

 
  • Attendees during the opening ceremony of a photo exhibit displaying the most iconic photographs taken during Agencia EFE's 75-year history, in Medelli
  • From left to right, Agencia EFE president, José Antonio Vera, Governor of Antioquia Sergio Fajardo, FCC vice-president for international relations Edu
  • Agencia EFE president, José Antonio Vera (left), addressing the audience during the opening ceremony of a photo exhibit displaying the most iconic pho
  • Attendees during the opening ceremony of a photo exhibit displaying the most iconic photographs taken during Agencia EFE's 75-year history, in Medelli
  • Chief curator of the Museum of Antioquia, Nydia Gutierrez, addressing the audience during the opening ceremony of a photo exhibit displaying the most
  • Attendees during the opening ceremony of a photo exhibit displaying the most iconic photographs taken during Agencia EFE's 75-year history, in Medelli
 
Attendees during the opening ceremony of a photo exhibit displaying the most iconic photographs taken during Agencia EFE's 75-year history, in Medelli
Attendees during the opening ceremony of a photo exhibit displaying the most iconic photographs taken during Agencia EFE's 75-year history, in Medellin, Colombia on March 18, 2015. EFE/Mauricio Dueñas Castañeda

The exhibition, a part of EFE's 75th anniversary celebrations, wrapped up its 12-month long journey through major Latin American cities on Wednesday at the Casa del Encuentro of the Museo de Antioquia in Medellin.

The president of Spanish company Aqualia and Director of Institutional Relations of the FCC Group, Eduardo Gonzalez, and Medellin officials, among other invitees, were also present at the occasion.

Vera spoke about the exhibition's journey from Madrid, where it was inaugurated last year by then-King Juan Carlos I, and through almost all the capital cities of Latin America.

He also highlighted EFE's close connection with the Spanish language, the second most widely spoken language in the world, with more than 500 million speakers.

"What sets us apart from other agencies is that we use the Spanish language as our mother tongue, base and parent language," he pointed out.

During the ceremony, Vera also received an award on behalf of Agencia EFE from town hall official Waldir Ochoa for its contribution "towards the development of mankind, for providing ethical, transparent communication oriented towards common welfare, promoting the dissemination of the truth and defense of democracy."

Speaking about the connection between Medellin and Spain, Sergio Fajardo said that EFE has helped narrate the history of the city as it overcame years of violence to become a symbol of innovation and entrepreneurship in Colombia.

Among the historic photos exhibited, taken from EFE's archives containing more than 17 million photographs, are images of the aviation accident that killed legendary tango singer Carlos Gardel and Spanish King Felipe VI's address to the parliament after his coronation last year.

Other exhibits include photographs of eminent Latin American figures such as Cuban leader Fidel Castro, former Spanish leader Felipe Gonzalez, and Bolivian, Ecuadorian and Colombian presidents, Evo Morales, Rafael Correa and Juan Manuel Santos respectively.

Pictures of Colombian artists Juanes and Shakira, footballer James Rodriguez and cyclist Nairo Quintana, who won the Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy on Tuesday, can also be found at the exhibition.

The event also showcases important historical events such as the Sep. 11 attack in New York, the attacks in Madrid in 2004 and portraits of Cuban singer Celia Cruz, Mexican actor Mario Moreno "Cantinflas", Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Che Guevara.

In the FCC-sponsored "25 years of building Latin America" section, one can see images of towering infrastructure projects in Latin America, such as the San Marcos viaduct in Mexico, the second highest in the world; the Itaipu hydroelectric dam on the Brazil-Paraguay border and Brazil's Rio-Niteroi Bridge, among others.

Agencia EFE, world's leading Spanish-language news agency, was born in 1939 in Civil War-ravaged Spain and began its expansion in the Americas in 1966 with the opening of its first bureaus in the region.

Currently, EFE is operational in 180 cities in 120 countries, employing more than 3,000 news professionals from 60 nationalities.

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