Untold Stories

Seven inspiring Instagram accounts that unveil an alternative Madrid

4 May 2018
A mantero on Gran Vía

Have you heard about our mission to spotlight the Madrid that most people ignore? Well, it seems we’re not alone. Here are seven unique Instagram accounts that unveil an alternative side to our endlessly fascinating city. 

BAMBI NO MUERE

Her raw and gritty style of photography, combined with skilful symmetry, makes the people in her images stick in your memory.

The award-winning photographer sheds light on minority groups in Madrid: from Senegalese street sellers and Roma Gypsies to disabled and homeless people.

ASEGURADA DE INCENDIOS

Once you’ve noticed one, you’ll spot these ‘insured against fire’ signs above almost every front door in central Madrid.

These ornate plaques indicate that the residents of this building once came together and agreed that should anyone suffer fire damage to their individual apartment, all immediate neighbours will chip in and help pay for repairs: Spanish community spirit at its best.

VOICES OF MADRID

Even talented street performers are often either overlooked or intentionally ignored. Earning a living from kind passersby isn’t easy, but buskers are a ray of light in a dark underpass, and a fundamental part of Madrid’s optimistic character.

Follow @voicesofmadrid who, one by one, aims to document them all.

MISS BEIGE

I might be in love with @MissBeige, the ‘antiselfie’ queen of the streets. She’s a trained performance artist and has recently evolved a character that, unusually, is designed to go unnoticed. She stands next to specific buildings, people and objects, highlighting not herself, but what surrounds her.

DE MADRID AL METRO

This light-hearted photography project will bring new depth to your morning commute. Meet the human version of each Madrid metro station – it seems they’ve got a sense of humour.

RELIQUIAS DE MADRID

This nostalgic Instagram account is an ongoing archive of disappearing storefronts, which ironically is the Madrid that so many of us wish was more present. Perhaps @reliquiasdemadrid will help inspire us to cherish what we’ve got before it’s gone – a mission MNF is familiar with.

DINOSAURIOS EN MADRID

It may have been some 65 million years ago, but dinosaurs were here on these very streets, flying through the same airspace that Madrid’s business district occupies, and hunting on top of a not-yet-evolved no-frills bar.

This local illustrator mixes paint and a selection of your Instagram photos to bring these magnificent monsters back to life, in a world where we harmoniously co-exist.

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