Posts Tagged ‘soledad manrique’

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.

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?

Soledad Manrique

November 13, 2009

© Soledad Manrique

Writing last week about Buenos Aires 2009, I mentioned that I really enjoyed a photo by Soledad Manrique of her abuelas but lamented that she doesn’t yet have a website. Thankfully, I was pointed to an online exhibition of her photos hosted on Casa Rodante.

BA Photo 2009 – Stuff I liked

October 31, 2009

On Thursday afternoon I went to Palais de Glace to check out the annual photography show. Buenos Aires Photo brings together about 30 art galleries that specialize in photography. Most are local altho there was a scattering from Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Spain. Like all art shows, it’s a little overwhelming to take in. Here’s a few photos that I liked:

Ezequiel Suranyi - Llegaron Los TucumanosEzequiel Suranyi is an Argentine based in the UK. Most of his work is based around soccer. He had a few black and white images that had a real joy and charm to them.

Hans Stoll - Carretera al SurImpressive images of Peru’s Carretera Sur by Hans Stoll.

Laura Glusman - SandaliaFrom Laura Glusman’s series of plants. This is a very commonly used plant in apartment building lobbies here in Buenos Aires and I’ve been kind of fascinated with plans here recently so I enjoyed seeing the work of another photographer with a similar obsession.

Charlie MainardiCharlie Mainardi is a well known advertising photographer in Buenos Aires who was at the fair with an eponymous gallery showing his artistic works. The style is very much consistent with the advertising “look”. It’s not a look I’m too enthusiastic about but I enjoyed the content, photos of run-down Buenos Aires.

Mercedes Soledad ManriqueMercedes Soledad Manrique’s photo was one of the selections in the Petrobras contest. This is a detail of the photo which shows two old women in a warmly lit interior. She doesn’t seem to have a website but I found this post on Guillermo Ueno’s blog Tosto.

Sebastian Friedman - Familia AcasussoAnother selection from the Petrobras contest is this photo by Sebastian Friedman showing wealthy and upper middle class Argentine families with their domestic servants. The idea strikes me as a little too obvious but this photo is a joy to look at. I especially love the dad’s wry smile as his mother-in-law [I wonder?] lies on her death bed.

Tristan Reyes - Los RamirezPuerto Rican photographer Tristan Reyes from his series Domingueando en La Perla.