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Sergio Larrain Village of Los Horcones. Fishermen daughters, Chile. 1956. © Sergio Larrain | Magnum Photos

A penchant for the vagabond’s life, a profound desire to be in the world and the purity of the act, led the late Magnum member Sergio Larrain to become a photographer.

Larrain spent the greatest part of his life in seclusion; practicing meditation, yoga, writing, and drawing. After a long period of self-searching (through writing as well), he ultimately found himself in a state of voluntary self-deprivation.

 

Sergio Larrain Trafalgar square. London, England. GB. 1958-1959. © Sergio Larrain | Magnum Photos
Sergio Larrain Potosi, Bolivia. 1957. © Sergio Larrain | Magnum Photos

The terms he used to describe the state of grace necessary for ‘receiving’ a good image are mystical, even spiritual as if the images were already present in the cosmos and the photographer acted as a medium.

When he died in 2012, he left a brilliant body of work behind, similar to a meteorite whose trajectory he had the wisdom to interrupt when it no longer brought him the freedom he expected.

This exhibition traces his career in a chronological fashion, from the abandoned children to the freer images of the Satori and the drawings that occupied him for nearly thirty years.

Sergio Larrain Town of Valparaiso. Cafe. Chile. 1963. © Sergio Larrain | Magnum Photos