Begoña Salazar has spent much of her life handcrafting and personalizing books. Before starting Getxoko albumak, she published similar books about Altsasu, Olazti-Olazagutia and Etxarri-Aranatz, based on the photographs that the neighbours shared with her, and she would deliver the finished books to libraries, bars, shoe shops and other businesses in each town. When she moved to Getxo more than 25 years ago, Begoña began to create albums about the Old Port, the area where she lives, and since then she has published more than 200 books about other neighbourhoods, popular festivals and historical information about the area. In the photographs in each copy, you can see the passage of time in the landscape, architecture, customs and life of the neighbourhood.
Creating and sharing handmade photo albums is a creative socialization tool for Begoña, as it allows her to be in contact with the people who live around her, and share experiences, anecdotes and reflections. At the same time, the thousands of photos from albums are a collection of the public memory of Getxo itself, since they document the history of the town using the images of its own inhabitants.
Born in Altsasu, Navarra, in a family of artists, Begoña Salazar began to be interested in handicrafts from an early age. Her manual skills when it came to working meticulously converged in her profession as a laboratory technician. These skills led, years later, to the handmade production of her famous photographic albums. Begoña began to create these photobooks in 2005 in her native town, and today they can be consulted in the public library of Altsasu. Since 2009 she has created more than two hundred albums about Getxo, where she has lived for 25 years and where she is known as la navarra of the Old Port.
*Principle of good faith: all the images of this project have been transferred to the artist with prior consent, but if you have recognized yourself in any of these photographs and want us to remove it from the web, do not hesitate to contact us here.
Venue: Market facade
Address: Torrene 4, Algorta
Open air exhibition
Venue: Pedro’s shoe shop
Address: Torrene 7-9, Algorta