EFE opens 75th anniversary photo exhibit in Puebla, Mexico

Puebla, Mexico, May 9 (EFE).- Images of the collapse of the World Trade Center towers in New York City and the election of Pope Francis are some of the highlights of a photo exhibit here celebrating the 75th anniversary of the world's foremost Spanish-language news agency.

The "EFE: 75 Years in Photos" exhibit, which the news agency inaugurated Friday at Puebla's Ernesto Cortes Museum-Workshop, features 50 photographs of people who have helped shape Latin America in the spheres of literature, politics, cinema, bullfighting and other areas of endeavor over the past seven and a half decades.

Agencia Efe's Americas director, Alfredo Aycart; and the head of press and information at the Spanish Embassy in Mexico, Jose Sanchez Crespo, were on hand for the inauguration.

Aycart noted that Efe is the leading Spanish-language news agency worldwide and that its journalists are present in 120 countries around the globe.

He referred to some of the exhibit's most striking photos, including one of revolutionary icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Madrid's Las Ventas bullring that was taken after the Cuban Revolution and another capturing the historic meeting between Gen. Francisco Franco and Adolf Hitler in Hendaye, France, near the Spanish border.

Aycart noted that that latter photo was doctored by censors of that era to enhance the figure of the Spanish dictator.

The exhibit, part of Puebla's Cinco de Mayo International Festival, shows the shift from black-and-white to color to digital images and attests to the technical advances made by Efe in the area of photojournalism.

"Efe: 75 Years in Photos" is sponsored by the government of the central Mexican state of Puebla, the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and the Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico.