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The coincidence of professionals from four different European cities such as Girona, Gävle, Schiedam and Budapest in a project related to the digitisation of archival records, is the starting point for this virtual exhibition, whose main objective is to compare the reality of these four cities, in a specific time of their history, through photography.

The exhibition takes us to the period comprised between 1880 and 1914, when photography began to broadly capture different aspects of the daily urban life. Through 220 images, the viewer can find the differences and similarities between Europe's North and South, East and West, and about different topics like city, industry, stores, markets, transport, trade, festivities, sports, education, family and religion.

Are we as different as we might think beforehand? Are there more differences than similarities, or vice versa? Regardless of the response that each of us can give to these questions, our conviction is that photographs unite people, both different generations as well as different cultures, serve us to better know each other and also to know and recognize ourselves, and help us to a better understanding this space of coexistence that is Europe.

Finally, this exhibition highlights the importance of photography as a cultural bearer and the need that our institutions ensure the preservation of this common documental heritage for the future generations.