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Past Exhibition

Sergio Larraín Retrospective in São Paulo

A retrospective exhibition of the Chilean photographer traces the photographer’s short but highly influential career

Sergio Larrain

Sergio Larrain Fishermen daughters. Village of Los Horcones, Chile. 1956. © Sergio Larrain | Magnum Photos
Sergio Larrain In Santiago there is a vast population of vagabond children who beg in the parks, sleep anywhere they can, forming an independent sort of tribe in the middle of the city with their own language, cu (...)
Sergio Larrain "The devil's dance”. This dance originated amongst the miners who have a "devil" cult. The dance is in honor of the Virgin del Socavon (cave) whose image is a sanctuary in Oruro. Village of Indepen (...)
Sergio Larrain Trafalgar Square. London, England, Great Britain. 1958-59. © Sergio Larrain | Magnum Photos
Sergio Larrain Passage Bavestrello. Valparaiso, Chile. 1952. © Sergio Larrain | Magnum Photos
Sergio Larrain Baker Street underground station. London, England. Great Britain. 1958-59. © Sergio Larrain | Magnum Photos
Sergio Larrain Corleone main street. Sicily. Italy. 1959. © Sergio Larrain | Magnum Photos
Sergio Larrain Chiloe Island, Chile. 1954-1955. © Sergio Larrain | Magnum Photos
Sergio Larrain Bar "Los siete Espejos". Valparaiso, Chile. 1963. © Sergio Larrain | Magnum Photos

“A good image is created by a state of grace. Grace expresses itself when it has been freed from conventions, free like a child in his early discovery of the reality. The game is then to organize the rectangle.” – Sergio Larrain

With his poetic approach, Sergio Larraín inspired a whole generation of photographers. A collection of rare images on display at the Instituto Moreira Sale highlight the significant photographs from his career. A penchant for the vagabond’s life, a profound desire to be in the world and the purity of the act led him to become a photographer, but Sergio Larraín nonetheless spent the greatest part of his existence in seclusion, practicing meditation, yoga, writing and drawing. He left a brilliant body of work behind him; he had the wisdom to interrupt it when it no longer brought him the freedom he expected. After an extended period of self-searching, though writing as well, he was to find himself in a state of voluntary deprivation.

Dates: April 27 – August 25 2019
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, including holidays (excluding Monday) from 10am – 8pm. Thursday (excluding holidays) from 10am – 10pm.
Free entry.

More information available here.

Exhibition organised by the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes y de la Dirección de Asuntos Culturales y de Información del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores del Estado de Chile, Magnum Photos, FoveArts, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson.