Covas’s blond was born in Soutelo de Montes (Pontevedra, Spain) in 1930. When he was 18 years of age, he travelled to the Pyrenees in the Spanish region of Aragon, where he worked as a mechanic and purchased his first camera. He then moved to Catalonia and worked in the town of Palamós as assistant to the photographer Juli Pallí, who taught him the secrets of his trade. In 1955, he returned to Galicia and opened a photographic studio in the town where he was born, working for customers across the Terra de Montes district and portraying entire generations of local people, especially from the beginning of the 1960s, when it became mandatory for identity documents to bear a photograph. In only a short time, he became the most popular photographer for ceremonies, weddings, portraits, litigations, funerals and christenings and his camera recorded the most important moments of the lives of the people and families in his local area. Most of Vieitez’s works are in black and white; however, after the 1970s he also used colour photography. Although his most prolific stage came in later decades, Virxilio Vieitez continued to work as a photographer until the end of the 1980s, combining his work with other jobs. In 2006, his health started to deteriorate and he passed away in Soutelo de Montes, the town where he was born, on 15 July 2008.
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