Vagabond Photographer

posted by Bridget on 09 May 2014

Sergio Larrain's posthumous publication, Sergio Larrain: Vagabond Photographer has won the 2014 Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Award.

Sergio Larrain

One of the highlights of the 2013 Rencontres D'Arles was the retrospective exhibition of the Chilean photographer, Sergio Larrain. A relatively unknown photographer, who started his career with Magnum, he eventually sought a self-sufficient life teaching yoga in the hills of his home country.

But for the relatively short time of picture making, Larrain was a force of energy, invention and real concern for the plight of humanity. His photographs are more than a document of poverty and a devastated post war world. He created images that look beyond the event or street life, conjuring a complex rhythm of composition, bold cropping and alternative angles that cause us to look deeply into each photograph to understand what the photographer himself, was looking at.

Sergio Larrain said of his work "I can give form to this world of fantasies when I feel certain resonate inside me," This mix of social and poetic concerns is brilliantly brought together in his photography.

Sergio Larrain: Vagabond Photographeris a deserved winner of the2014 Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Award.

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