Until 1 September, the City Council of Alcalá de Henares, PHotoEspaña, the Centro Checo, the Instituto Cultural Rumano and the Instituto Cultural Polaco are presenting the exhibition 1989 Bucharest Prague Warsaw at the former Hospital of Santa María La Rica (calle Santa María La Rica, 3) in Alcalá de Henares.
The year 1989 was decisive in the most recent history of Europe. The difficult economic situation, coupled with growing social unrest and continued mass protests, opened a breach in the Iron Curtain. In barely a year the rapid democratisation process of the entire former Soviet bloc began. Several photographers portrayed the turbulent changes in the streets and opposition centers. Highlights include the reports on the situation in Poland by Chris Niedenthal, winner of the World Press Photo Prize in 1986. In Czechoslovakia and Romania, too, there were many photographers, whose work is a valuable testimony to the reality of the days of transition to democracy.