Twentieth-Century Latin Photography

Booth 411 — Pier 94
Presented by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers
March 30 – April 2, 2017

Kati Horna: Eyes (Advertisement for Bayer)

Kati Horna: Eyes (Advertisement for Bayer). Vintage silver print, 9-7/8 x 7-7/8 in. (252 x 201 mm), 1962, unmounted, signed on reverse.

This year, in collaboration with colleague Gregory Leroy, Charles Isaacs Photographs will feature artists working in Latin America. Important bodies of vintage prints by Barbara Brandli, Kati Horna and Antonio Reynoso, plus select works by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Paul Strand, and Edward Weston, will be on view.

Latin America supported thriving creative communities throughout the twentieth century that included photographers – native-born, immigrants, and visitors – who found inspiration in its lands and cultures. However, even as Latin America offered refuge, much of Latin image-making is infused with the methodologies of artists fleeing Europe between the Wars and with the convulsive politics of Latin regimes during the twentieth century. Both émigré and native-born photographers resorted to experimentation to depict the extraordinary conditions of their lives and countries.

Photographers as diverse as Barbara Brandlï, a Swiss-born Venezuelan; Kati Horna, an Hungarian who settled in Mexico City; and Antonio Reynoso, Mexican cinematographer and student of Alvarez Bravo, looked beyond the norms of “straight” photojournalism. They deployed surrealist and modernist formal means, including series, unusual perspective, collage, and montage, to create narrative works that were published in books and journals. In the process, they located new modes of reportage that could describe more adequately the environments in which they lived.