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This Man Buys An Envelope In A Flea Market For $3.50 And Discovers Lost Photos Of Beautiful Barcelona

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American tourist Tom Sponheim bought a stack of photo negatives for a  very low price of $3.50 in a flea market in Barcelona back in 2001. But he probably wasn’t expecting to find the secret work of a master photographer in it.

La foto de hoy: Un soldado(?) que le falta un diente

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But that’s exactly what he found when he returned home and developed them because as you can see below, the pictures he discovered are stunningly beautiful.

Because Sponheim is itching to know, he decided to set up a Facebook page in 2010. On it, he hosted the images he’d developed and bought ads targeting photography enthusiasts in Barcelona.

La foto de hoy: Columnas de la escuela

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La foto de hoy: Niños escalando un muro

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Despite the page’s popularity, however, and despite various people identifying themselves or friends in the photographs, the identity of the photographer remained unknown until Begoña Fernández stumbled upon the page in 2017. Awed by the beauty of the pictures, she set upon a fervent quest to get to the bottom of the mystery.

La foto de hoy

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La foto de hoy: Gol!

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First, she managed to identify an elementary school in one of the photographs, and from there she learned about a photography contest in 1962 with similar shooting locations to those in the pictures. Her research eventually led her to the archives of an old photography association called the Agrupació Fotográfica de Catalunya, and there, after more research, she eventually found a picture in a magazine that she recognized from Tom’s Facebook page. The image was credited to a Milagros Caturla, a woman who trained as a teacher but worked as an administrator.

La foto de hoy: Este muchacho aparece en tres de la fotos, entonces es posible que era alguien que el fotógrafo conociera y visaversa.

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Posted by Las Fotos Perdidas de Barcelona on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

She was a good photographer who won various local contests and even had a dark room in her own apartment before her death in 2008. While she’s sadly no longer alive, Fernández and Sponheim are determined to ensure her legacy lives on by introducing her work to a wider audience. Caturla’s photographs will appear at Barcelona’s Revela-T photography festival in May. 🌈

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