“I am a photo seeker. I am a compulsive collector. Thanks to the internet, the first photos of the Albayzín, Granada and Spain were collected and spread.” This is just one of the passions of Antonio Sánchez, a well-known architect from Granada who, among many other merits, restored the last Nasrid house in Granada, which is to say his residence.
I was lucky to get such a special house in 1976, this is the place where I live. It is the only Nasrid house that is preserved. To restore the house, I started to search for pictures, and I located the old blueprint of my house. This was the incentive that made my passion for photography grow. First, I searched for all the engravings. When I finished, I searched for pictures, for which the internet was very helpful. However, the information on the internet has been exhausted. At night, I search for collections of thousands of pictures of Granada taken during the fifties and sixties. But nowadays there aren’t anymore.”
My mentor discovered the house for me, and I took five years to restore it. “He still ‘talks’ to me”, he assures.
However, twice a year, he goes to Paris to specialized photography exhibitions. During one of these journeys, he found the oldest picture of Granada to present day, taken in 1851.