Archive for July, 2011

Fernando Di Sisto – Uno

July 17, 2011

Like a porteño Harry Callahan,  Fernando Di Sisto’s series Uno explores light and shadow in the urban context of Buenos Aires. The subtlety of the light and framing make the photos a pleasure to look at, as is seeing all the little details of the urban skin of the city.

© Fernando Di Sisto

© Fernando Di Sisto

© Fernando Di Sisto

© Fernando Di Sisto

© Fernando Di Sisto

I found Di Sisto’s website due to an announcement on his flickr stream, also worth checking out. Interesting that people are now using flickr like twitter. Makes sense.

Soledad Manrique – Lugano

July 10, 2011

Browsing the June issue of the online magazine Big Sur, I came across photos by Soledad Manrique of Villa Lugano, a neighborhood in the south-east corner of Buenos Aires with several mega-housing projects, known in the local parlance as “mono-blocs”.

© Soledad Manrique - Lugano

Swiss photographer Gian Paolo Minelli has an extensive body of work on this neighborhood, which I wrote about last year. Minelli’s work is stiff and formal in the best way. Manrique’s approach is more tender and sensitive. She has a way with portraiture.

© Soledad Manrique - Lugano

© Soledad Manrique - Lugano

The neighborhood has a bad reputation for crime, drugs and violence. I appreciate that Manrique doesn’t fall into cliche in her depiction of the neighborhood. The photos in the magazine are paired with images from Huanguelen, an idyllic rural zone in the south of Buenos Aires Province.

© Soledad Manrique - Huanguelen

Big Sur is an interesting online magazine, combining photography, short videos, essays and poetry from artists mostly from Argentina but also from elsewhere in South America and beyond. Also be sure to check out Manrique’s website. She has a lot of work and it’s worthwhile seeing (including more photos of Villa Lugano). I first wrote about her work on this blog in 2009 at a time when she didn’t have a website. In the two year’s since I’ve started this blog it’s been encouraging the number of young photographers in Argentina making good websites.

Gabriel Orge

July 2, 2011

Gabriel Orge hails from the city of Cordoba [Argentina, not Spain]. I’m guilty of a little Buenos Aires = Argentina thinking so I was happy when I discovered his work. He seems to mostly do portraits on the street with some flash or reflected light. They have a light-heartedness that’s endearing and it’s also good to see portraits of just regular people from Argentina’s interior. Orge doesn’t seem to have a website but here’s what I was able to scrounge up on the web about him.

© Gabriel Orge

Small © Gabriel Orge

© Gabriel Orge

The images above are from the website of Cordoba’s Goethe Institute. There’s also a profile on Bola de Nieve, a flickr stream with pictures of signs and street graphics, as well as a random blog post with backstage shots and some more street portraits.