Photography in Argentina - Contradiction and Continuity

Photography in Argentina - Contradiction and Continuity

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From its independence in 1810 until the economic crisis of 2001, Argentina has been seen, in the national and international collective imaginary, as a modern country with a powerful economic system, a massive European immigrant population, an especially strong middle class, and an almost nonexistent indigenous culture.

Photography in Argentina, the companion book to an exhibition at the Getty, examines the complexities of this country's history and focuses on the power of constructed photographic images. Influential specialists from Argentina have contributed essays on various topics, such as the shaping of national myths; the adaptation of gesture as related to the "disappeared" during the dictatorship period; the role of contemporary photography in the context of recent sociopolitical events; and the reinterpreting of traditional notions of documentary photography in Argentina and the rest of Latin America.

A well-researched and beautifully laid out chronology provides an overall view that will be useful for general readers and specialists alike.

  • Author: Idurre Alonso, Associate Curator of Latin American Art, Getty Research Institute
  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Date published: September 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1606065327
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 25.0 cm