João Pina & a Chalet in the New York Times

May 30, 2010

A recently published photo essay on the New York Times’ Lens Blog features photos by Portuguese photojournalist João Pina showing sites of clandestine detention centers in Chile and Argentina that were active during the countries’ respective military dictatorships in the 1970s and 1980s. The essay also features contemporary portraits of survivors of the state repression as well as relatives of the disappeared.

While this might seem incredibly trivial, I couldn’t help but notice that the final photo in the essay features a Buenos Aires Chalet-style house in the background:

© Joao Pina

From the piece:

Mr. Pina said he was struck by how ordinary the locations were — garages, a sports stadium, offices. “Most of them are places that can be in the corner of our houses,” he said. “They’re very normal places”

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