Vetoed photos 'capture Evita's soul'

National leaders of countries rarely have photos taken of them which can be described as depicting their “intimate” or “sweet” side.

But a visual treasure chest of Argentina’s former first lady Eva Peron has been discovered and restored revealing the traits that politicians dare not expose.

About 600 images, which were hidden for more than 40 years, half of which time they were under the ground, have been revealed by historian Maria Mazzorotolo, the daughter of Peron’s personal photographer.

According to a Sunday newspaper, they show Latin America’s most famous woman in a way that suggests that there is no camera or photographer capturing her every move.

“The pictures show a woman in constant activity, a robust lively young girl who is not posing for the camera but expresses spontaneous gestures of laughter and sadness,” Mazzorotolo told The Observer.

The photos were reportedly buried under ground by photographer Alfredo Mazzorotolo when a military coup dictated that anything to do with former regimes became an offence.

Twenty years later, he dug them up, but it was another twenty years before he told his daughter of the photos, which are being exhibited in Argentina’s Institute for Cinema & Audiovisual Arts.

His daughter has revealed the photos, which were commissioned by Democracia, a paper which employed him, to mark the anniversary of women winning the vote in September 1974, thanks to Peron’s determinedness.

She said: “The pictures highlight the row between supporters and enemies of Peron during a period in which society was so fragmented that a man had to hide certain images to prevent people from destroying our history.”

Ms Mazzorotolo added that four decades underground had not erased photos that show the true soul of Evita.


2nd September 2007

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