Posts Tagged ‘norberto salerno’

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?

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Norberto Salerno

June 21, 2010

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

Recently I had the pleasure of hanging out with Argentine photographer Norberto Salerno and wandering around Ciudadela together taking pictures. Salerno teaches at Centro Cultural Rojas and Universidad de Morón. He doesn’t have a website but ArteMundo has his series Urbanos from the 1990s. He also has a flickr account which contains more recent digital photos and also the beautiful corner featured above.

From the series Urbanos by Norberto Salerno

Salerno is also an avid collector of vintage cameras, especially ones made in Argentina, which he continues to use. Using old, cheap cameras is not merely an aesthetic choice. The suburbs of Buenos Aires can be dangerous. Better to lose a plastic camera  latest dSLR.