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Born in Segovia, Gerardo Gutiérrez de la Monja settled in Bilbao when he was very young. He arrived to the city with the liberal army in the campaign that freed Bilbao from the last carlist siege (1874).

At the end of the civil war in Bilbao, he decided to stay in the capital of the Nervion, because he had a feeling that there would be huge commercial and industrial growth.

In May 1876 he married Ramona Arrieta, sister of his partner in business trading, definitely staying in Bilbao to never leave her. The couple had many children but only three daughters survived.

The industrial growth that occurred mainly on the left bank of Nervion, encouraged Gutiérrez de la Monja to become customs agent after acquiring the corresponding degree. Due to the commercial activity in the city the young man prospered economically, while a new social reality emerged, induced by the expansive bourgeoisie of Bilbao.

Like other men whom fortune smiled, Gutierrez de la Monja soon became interested in photography portraying his family in a variety of home environments and, mainly, on excursions through the regions of the province. His graphic work reflects daily life of Bilbao, religious processions and especially the landscapes of the bay of El Abra and the life of its coastal communities. Portugalete, Santurce, Las Arenas, are present in his stereoscopic objective, as well as the roads between Bilbao and Bolueta that he walked on weekends. The work of Gutierrez de la Monja collects more than three hundred photographs in stereoscopic glass of varying quality due to the excesses that time has produced in its silver emulsion.

 

 

 

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