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Arles 2013: Sergio Larrain– The rediscovery


A retrospective exhibition is presented for the first time at the Rencontres d’Arles. The Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson will also present an exhibition of his works in September 2013.

Sergio Larrain (1931-2012) grew up in Chile in an upper class cultured family , surrounded by books and art. From the outset, he took photographs freely in the streets with his Leica, which he did not hesitate to place on the ground, resulting in unusual points of view and daring compositions. From 1952, he focused on abandoned children in the streets of Santiago. The apprentice photograph presented his first complete series to Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1959. The latter recognised his talent, “his sense for composition and poetry” and invited him to join Magnum photos. His international career as a photographer was an overnight success. He spent two years in Paris and produced many reportages for major magazines such as Paris Match and Life. His work also entered the collections of the MoMA.

He returned to Chile in 1963, where he started the now famous long-term project with Pablo Neruda, on the port city of Valparaiso. After many journeys, he became increasingly distrustful of the press and his desire for meditation led him to withdraw in the Chilean countryside in the 1980s. There, he devoted himself to yoga, writing and drawing. His photographic practice became limited to a few “satoris”.

Sergio Larrain: Rétrospective
From July 1st to September 1st, 2013
Église Sainte-Anne
13200 Arles
Everyday 10am – 7.30pm
Tarif: 8 €

Sergio Larrain, Traces d’une rencontre
On Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 at 10pm
Théâtre antique
13200 Arles
13 euros

Sergio Larrain
Xavier Barral Editions
Book editor: Agnès Sire
Texts by: Agnès Sire & Gonzalo Leiva Quijada
210 x 292 mm
400 pages
Prix : 65 € TTC
ISBN : 978-2-36511-020-4

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