Sergio Larrain, 'Vagabondages'
Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
Until Sun Dec 22
Sergio Larrain, 'Rue principale de Corleone', Sicile, 1959 / © Sergio Larrain/Magnum Photo
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This winter, the sadly underappreciated Chilean photographer Sergio Larrain (1931-2012) enjoys an exhibition of his black and white shots at the Fondation Cartier-Bresson. His brief career spanned the 1950s-60s, when he moved among the poor of Santiago with his Leica. He was the first South American member of the Magnum agency, but once he had decided that he wasn’t going to change the world with his photography he was profoundly disappointed, and retreated into semi-hermitude in a tiny Chilean village.
Looking closely at his work, this radical decision isn’t so surprising, as you sense within his images an irrepressible desire to change things by revealing them through photography. Whether he’s visiting London or portraying the nightlife of Valparaiso – the shady underground world that he so loved to explore – Larrain always managed to capture movement, to challenge the boundaries of his own photos through audacious compositions and a lacing together of lines and faces that give each of his shots an energy touched with magic.