XYears ago I used to share the daily life of the gallery with Virginia de la Cruz Lichet, whilst she was working on her doctoral thesis: Retratos fotográficos post-mortem en Galicia (Photographic post-mortem portraits in Galicia).
Despite the fact that title was not the most attractive one I had come across, I told her one day that if she was interested in ever presenting her work to the public in the form of an exhibition, I would be delighted to have the honour of hosting its first showing in the gallery. Time went by and when Virginia agreed to us going ahead with the project, I had not foreseen the birth of my first grandson just over two months later. Deeply struck by her images that were tender but at the same time so very tragic, I was about to postpone or even cancel the project entirely. But having thought about it carefully for a few days I now believe that the best course of action is to go ahead with the project; to turn it into a tribute to all those anonymous parents and families from whom fate snatched their precious loved ones who would have had so much life ahead of them.
Rafael Pérez Hernando. Madrid, 20 January 2014