Nine Argentinian Photographers You Need to Follow

TIME

Once one of the richest countries in the world, with a per capita income comparable to France and Germany, Argentina experienced political and economic turmoils during the latter half of the 2oth Century that saw the country fall into decline.

This sense of instability, it could be argued, has influenced an entire generation of photographers and artists. Their creativity, perhaps, seems to arise not only from the country’s strong visual tradition but also from a seeming lack of access to resources; a lack that seems to stimulate a process of analyzing, understanding and narrating everyday life. In this context, Argentinian photography may be slowly finding its feet internationally, but it still boasts a coterie of brilliant, established artists.

Alejandro Chaskielberg (Buenos Aires, 1977) – Alejandro Chaskielberg brings an original style to the field of documentary photography, characterized by precise composition and a cinema-like use of light. His images are…

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Art History Funnies

A charming exhibition of Miguel Rep is currently on view at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. From Matisse preparing a hot dog to Picasso coming to terms with a woman in the flesh, Rep is a master of Art History 101 humor. Even when he verges on bad taste (poor Toulouse-Lautrec and his absurdly long brushes) Rep’s light touch keeps cruelty at bay. Life is too short to take anything too seriously and it was refreshing to have a giggle in this gallery.

Miguel Rep, Bellas Artes Series.

Miguel Rep, Bellas Artes Series. Henri Matisse.

Miguel Rep, Bellas Artes Series.

Miguel Rep, Bellas Artes Series. Pablo Picasso.

Miguel Rep, Bellas Artes Series.

Miguel Rep, Bellas Artes Series. Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin,  Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

 

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School of Valparaíso, "Amereida", 1967

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