Past Exhibition

Sergio Larraín Retrospective in Rio

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

Sergio Larrain

Sergio Larrain Corleone main street. Sicily. Italy. 1959. © Sergio Larrain | Magnum Photos
Sergio Larrain Indians arriving from their village for Sunday morning mass and market. The Inca Empire. Pisac. © Sergio Larrain | Magnum Photos
Sergio Larrain Trafalgar Square. London. England. GB. 1958-1959. © Sergio Larrain | Magnum Photos
Sergio Larrain Baker Street underground station. London, England, GB. 1958-1959. © 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 independant sort of tribe in the middle of the city with their own language, cu (...)
Sergio Larrain Bar "Los siete Espejos". Valparaiso, Chile. 1963. © Sergio Larrain | Magnum Photos
Sergio Larrain Chiloe Island, Chile. 1954-1955. © 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 Sales, highlight the essential 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 had left a brilliant body of work behind him, he had the wisdom to interrupt 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.

Organisers: 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