Palm Sunday, Madrid, 1957

APRIL 1957 – The traditional palm procession in Madrid, Spain. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Today is Palm Sunday, and this photo from the family archive shows the traditional procession on Palm Sunday in Madrid, Spain, in 1957.

The photo was most likely shot in the town center at Gran Via, the High Street of Madrid. The Hotel Bristol, which is prominently visible in the image, used to be located at number 40. It’s unclear whether it’s still in operation.

It’s interesting to see the cobble stone on the street and all the traditional cloaks. As this image was shot exactly 65 years ago, the kids are probably between 75 and 80 years old today.

It’s awesome to see such a decent quality of a consumer black and white print. I only had to reduce the contrast between the harsh shadows (bottom left) and the brightly illuminated center of the street.

The high resolution image

Capture Date10-APR-1957
LocationMadrid, Spain
Image Source7 x 10 cm Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4427 x 3102 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s