New conference at the Museo del Greco: Toledo Forgotten

New conference at the Museo del Greco: Toledo Forgotten

Eduardo Sánchez Butragueño, creator of the blog “Toledo Olvidado” proposes a talk with a summary of the most notable photographic findings about the city of Toledo, on Thursday 8 March, at the Museo del Greco, 19 hours.

The talk is part of the program “Network Culture “promoted by the Museo del Greco. A series of conferences open to the public free of charge up to full capacity. Last February 2nd “Toledo Oculto y Secreto” (Hidden and Secret Toledo) inaugurated this series of lectures with the talk “Descubriendo el proyecto Toledo Oculto y Secreto” (Discovering the Hidden and Secret Toledo project).

Toledo Olvidado was born in February 2008 as a distribution list of old photographs, compiled by Eduardo Sánchez Butragueño over the years and sent weekly by email to his group of friends. The next step was the creation of a blog and the open nature of this format boosted a broad participation and interest in the artwork presented.

The visits were multiplied in a short time and the author began to work in depth in order to complete the puzzle of historical photography in Toledo from three complementary points of view: monuments and places of interest, authors of the images and personalities or events portrayed. Thus, four years later, a total of 173 entries have been made, bringing together some 8,500 photographs of the Castilian city since 1852, the date of the first image of the city collected. 

The number of visits exceeds 700,000 in this time, in which the blog has also been a place for meeting and discussion on the network on a multitude of topics from Toledo with the common thread of photography. The possibility of commenting on each entry and the dynamism allowed by the network means that each delivery is permanently updated with new contributions, findings or photographic discoveries.

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Toledo Olvidado is proof of the enormous interest in the city of Toledo and its history at an international level, as well as the evidence that this importance has not gone unnoticed by the great photographers of history, who, almost in their entirety, have passed through Toledo during these 160 years since Edward King Tenison took the first known calotypes of the city in 1852.