Sergio Larrain Retrospective in Argentina
A retrospective of the hermetic late Magnum photographer's extraordinary photographs and drawings will go on display in Buenos Aires
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.
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.