The Port Authority of Bilbao and the Basque Museum are going to exhibit a small sample of the work of Eulalia Abaitua Allende-Salazar (Bilbao, 1853-1943), who was the first woman photographer in the Basque Country. This sample includes the twelve photographs the Museum has ceded to the Port Authority for its 2019 calendar.
Such collaboration between the two entities helps to disseminate a work of great artistic and sociological value, which has been managed and kept in the Basque Museum since 1990.
The sample will be exhibited in two points of Bilbao’s Old Quarter from 19 December to 28 January: in Tomas Meabe Square and in La Cruz Street, near Santos Juanes Church.
Through her camera, Eulalia Abaitua immortalised the daily life of Bilbao at the very peak of the industrial revolution. She naturally portrayed simple, humble and nearly always anonymous people like the women selling sardines in La Ribera Market, washerwomen on the banks of the Nervion River, country folk carrying water or tilling the land and men and women working on the river banks or in the Port of Bilbao.
The diffusion of this work also forms part of the contribution of the Port Authority of Bilbao and the Basque Museum to the European Year of Cultural Heritage.