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© Esteban Pastorino Diaz, Townhall. Gonzales Chaves. From the series “In Salamone”. 2000

© Alejandro Chaskielberg. The Hunter. From the series "The High Tide". 2010

BPB Curated: A Night In Argentina: Alejandro Chaskielberg and Esteban Pastorino Diaz

Dates: Oct 2nd - Nov 14th 2010

Venue: BPB at University of Brighton Gallery

Alejandro Chaskielberg (ARG) and Esteban Pastorino Diaz (ARG) are Argentine photographers whose respective work, in this selection, engages with and further pushes the language of contemporary photography by shooting during darkness.

In the completed series, The High Tide, Alejandro Chaskielberg documents the people and communities that live and work in the Paraná River Delta near Buenos Aires. He sets up his photographs to be taken on a 5x4 camera using the light of the full moon, complemented by the addition of flash and the use of shift focus. The results are vignettes charged with an atmosphere and effects that would be difficult to achieve in daylight hours. 

By contrast, in Salamone (1998-2001), Esteban Pastorino Diaz explores the architectural legacy of Francisco Salamone who practiced in Argentina during the 1930s and 1940s. Diaz has produced large format images taken at night using long exposures. These dynamic forms are rendered luminescent and eerie, consolidated by the surrounding darkness that serves to underline the Fascist nature of this architectural design.

The gap between how things look and how the photograph depicts them is exacerbated by shooting at night. The experimental strategies of these photographers open up new ways of representing the world and effectively refreshes our photographic vocabulary.


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Comments (6)

Nov 14th 2010 - Az

Seeing the work of these two photographers was definetely my highlight of the BPB.


Oct 28th 2010 - Jonny Bonny

Came away inspired after seeing these images. The shift focus and colour of Chaskielbergs frames were very refreshing.


Oct 26th 2010 - Kitty McPherson

Really extraordinary images that are both highly aestheticized and very informative


Oct 22nd 2010 - Ki Black

Truly amazing and insperational peices of work.


Oct 12th 2010 - Jon Eland

In both cases you absolutely have to see these in reality. Both deliver an otherworldliness and a need to experience and absorb the images; on it's own this exhibition was worth my travel from Leeds to view.


Oct 2nd 2010 - Mengxi Zhang

very nice


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