Recovering Pablo Salas' Visual Archive on the Chilean Dictatorship

Cameraman Pablo Salas captured the popular mobilization and growing political resistance during the Pinochet dictatorship. While other records can somewhat reconstruct this history, audiovisual materials remain scarce due to past censorship and political repression. Recovering these images thus constitutes an important contribution to the heritage and history of Chilean society.

This project seeks to digitize, catalog and publish part of the audiovisual archive of the cameraman Pablo Salas (b. 1955), which contains nearly 1,800 hours of recordings of political and cultural activities of resistance to the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. These images were recorded between 1982 and 1989 and cover demonstrations, meetings, and experiences of political activism of the most combative neighborhoods and organizations under the years of military rule. The team’s goal is to make public material of undoubted historical value, currently stored on obsolete media and in precarious physical conditions.

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Location: Chile, South America, Americas Organiser(s): Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP) Project partner(s): Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: $15,000.00 Commencement Date: 01/2022 Project Status: Active
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