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The photographers who captured Spain’s new wave and club kids of the 1980s


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Broad social change is often a slow-burning process. But when Spain’s dictator Francisco Franco died in 1975, it seemed to happen overnight. While laws and institutions did evolve gradually as the country turned democratic, people’s new-found freedom translated into a burst of pent-up creative energy. Or as pop-rock band Radio Futura sang: “The future is already here.”

By 1985, the word had spread that something was happening in Madrid. Though romanticised, Bob Splitz captured the…

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