La Graciosa hosts a new screening of the documentary ‘Javier Reyes: the artisan’s view’

La Graciosa hosts a new screening of the documentary ‘Javier Reyes: the artisan’s view’
La Graciosa hosts a new screening of the documentary ‘Javier Reyes: the artisan’s view’

The documentary Javier Reyes: the artisan’s gaze It will be screened at the Inocencia Páez Sociocultural Centre in Caleta del Sebo, La Graciosa, this Wednesday 10 July at 5:30 pm.

The film screening is organised by Teguise Town Hall, through the Department of Culture and Festivities, in collaboration with the Cabildo de Lanzarote. Admission to see the screening is free and open to the public until full capacity is reached.

Javier Reyes: the artisan’s gaze It is a production by the Cabildo of Lanzarote dedicated to the photographer from Haría Javier Reyes Acuña (Haría, 1926-2024), who passed away last February at the age of 97. The film is directed by Veintinueve Trece and sponsored by the Data Center department of the island corporation, headed by councillor Ascensión Toledo.

A photographic collection of more than 16,000 images

Javier Reyes: the artisan’s gaze It is a tribute to Javier Reyes Acuña Acuña, who for almost 30 years, between approximately 1943 and 1972, alternated various jobs with the professional practice of photography, thanks to a studio set up in his house, in the same square of his hometown.

Over the course of these three decades, Reyes captured the daily life of the inhabitants of the villages in the north of the island of Lanzarote and the islets of the Chinijo Archipelago, displaying an unusual skill in reflecting, with truth, humanity and closeness, the customs, traditions and experiences of his neighbours.

The result is a photographic collection made up of more than 16,000 negatives, which forms one of the most important legacies of the visual, cultural, artistic, historical and anthropological heritage of Lanzarote and La Graciosa.

Since 2013, after more than 30 years of neglect, and thanks to the generosity of Javier Reyes and his family, the Cabildo de Lanzarote began the work of digitizing and disseminating its entire archive through Memoria Digital de Lanzarote. Its complete collection can be consulted at the link Memoria digital de Lanzarote (

In addition to all this, his work has aroused the interest of historians and researchers from all over the world and his work has been exhibited on his native island on several occasions, as well as on other Canary Islands, such as Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Palma, and outside the Archipelago, in places such as the Azores (São Miguel), Cape Verde (Santiago) and Madeira (Ponta do Sol).

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