Directed by Agnès Sire, text by Gonzalo Leiva Quijada
He is like a meteorite in photo-reporting: Chilean Sergio Larrain entered Magnum in 1959 after charming Cartier-Bresson. He was 28 years old. For a couple of years he covered the world over, from the Mafia in Italy to Iran. Then, tired of the requests and compromises of the profession, he chose to return to Chile and got interested in the poorest communities, like those of children without families in Santiago, or a mythic town like Valparaiso, of which he left a definite portrait. Though he was not yet 40 years old, Larrain chose to be isolated in the Northern area of Chile, in Arica. Through meditation and yoga he sought answers to his existentialist questionings. The book that accompanies the retrospective at the fondation Cartier-Bresson presents his main series and is enriched by drawings (satori), texts and letters which this unique photographer always considered as part of his creation, which went on until his demise in 2012.
Review published in the newsletter #322 - from 14 November 2013 to 20 November 2013