Saint Darío of the Train Platform by SUB [cooperativa de fotógrafos]

July 13, 2010

San Darío del Anden by SUB

SUB [cooperativa de fotógrafos] is a collective of photojournalists specializing in social stories concerning Argentina and its neighbors. Currently  at Centro Cultural Recoleta is the exhibit San Darío del Anden [on view until August 1, 2010]. Briefly, Maxi Kosteki and Darío Santillán were two protesters [piquiteros] who were shot and killed at point blank range by police officers in the entrance to the Avellaneda train station in 2002 after the violent dispersal of a protest. Darío and Maxi have since become icons of the piquitero movement. There are ceremonies and protests at the train station on the anniversary of their killing and there’s pressure to rename the station Darío y Maxi.

San Darío del Anden by SUB

SUB belongs very much to the world of concerned photography seeking to change conditions with their photographs. What I find interesting is their use of strobist techniques and heavy post-production changes to color and contrast. If the grainy, high contrast, black and white images traditionally associated with this kind of photography have lost their ability to get an audience to respond, borrowing the tools and aesthetics of fashion and advertising may be an effective strategy.

SUB’s website has a ton of reportages. Their work on Paraguayan campesinos thrown off their land by soybean growers employs a similar technique and aesthetic.

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