Beyond the Trenches (1936-1939). Photographs by Alec Wainman

Land and people

Aside from the daily stress and gloom of life in a war-torn country, Wainman became aware of so much more all around him. With his photographic instinct and his Leica as his faithful companion, he found beauty in Catalonia’s people, its landscapes, its industrial heritage and its art. Although the photographs of that time were in black and white, you can feel the essence and light in his vision. Forty years later, after his retirement, Wainman immersed himself in the study of Catalan while writing his memoirs to accompany his photographs.