Posts Tagged ‘alessandra sanguinetti’

6×6 Magic

August 26, 2010

I’ve noticed a trend with a lot of photography here in Argentina:

© Guillermo Ueno

© Nacho Coló

© Ignacio Iasparra

© Florencia Blanco

Verano Porteño by Eduardo Carrera

Bride by Gaby Messina from the series Lima, KM 100

Esquina by Norberto Salerno, photograph taken with Walzflex TLR with slide film expired in 2000

© Alina Schwarcz, from series Tigre

From Olaguer 3006 © Vivi Abelson

© Emma Livingston

© Alessandra Sanguinetti

© Soledad Manrique

© Guadalupe Miles

© María José D'amico

Let me be upfront and state that I’m not a fan of the square format. There is a preciousness and nostalgia about it that turns me off.

Why all the 6×6 photos in Argentina? Given the high cost of film and cameras here, using medium format seems to convey a level of seriousness that 35mm or digital don’t. Using the 6×6 format is an easy way of calling attention to one’s seriousness, be it with a Hasselblad or a Holga.

I like all of the photos and photographers that I’m posting here. I don’t mean to criticize their work or their choice of using the 6×6 format. There are legitimate artistic reasons for choosing to shoot square format. I should also state that in declaring my general dislike of the square I’m being completely hypocritical, having made any number of square photographs myself.

This trend isn’t limited to Argentina. There’s a group on flickr called 6×6 magic with almost 200,000 photos posted to it. There are enough film borders, soft corners, dreamy black & white landscapes, and desaturated colors to last a lifetime. Need I mention that there’s no “6×7 magic” group?

Alessandra Sanguinetti at Ruth Benzacar Gallery

October 25, 2009
© Alessandra Sanguinetti

© Alessandra Sanguinetti

I first became acquainted with the beautiful works of Alessandra Sanguinetti back in 2003 when the Yossi Milo gallery in New York showed her work The Adventure of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their Dreams. The series depicts two young girls, cousins, who live on a farm in the pampas [near Luján, I’m told] and who act out their childhood fantasies dressing up and posing. Ten years have since passed and Sanguinetti has returned to the farm to photograph again the girls, now young adults. The series is called The Life to Come or, in Spanish, El Devenir de Sus Dias. It’s currently on view until November 13, 2009 at the Ruth Benzacar gallery on Florida 1000.