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Sergio Larrain [Hardcover]

by Gonzalo Leiva Quijada, Agnès Sire, Sergio Larrain
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

September 30, 2013 1597112593 978-1597112598 First Edition
A notoriously reclusive artist, Sergio Larrain (1931-2012) has nonetheless become a touchstone for those who have come to know and love his work, including authors Roberto Bolaño and Julio Cortázar. Celebrated by Henri Cartier-Bresson, his contemporary and a co-founder of Magnum, Larrain's experimental process yielded images that transformed the fixed nature of the medium. His images have left generations of viewers in awe of the simultaneous serenity and spontaneity that a camera can capture--when placed, that is, in the hands of an artist with such rare meditative passion. "A good image is born from a state of grace," the artist once explained. Sergio Larrain, a selection of more than 200 images, rectifies Larrain's omission from the canon of significant twentieth-century photographers, and combines his work in Latin America with photographs taken in Europe. Following a creatively fertile period in the 1950s and 60s, Larrain put away his camera and devoted himself to the solitary pursuit of spiritual mysticism, a decision that further contributed to his reputation as a romantic, a "fatal personage," in the words of Bolaño. Created with the encouragement of Larrain's family, the book is sumptuously produced, designed by Xavier Barral and edited by Agnès Sire, who enjoyed a long correspondence with the photographer and has worked with Magnum on preserving his photographic estate.

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...for the decade or so that he was in the world and regularly taking pictures, his work, as amply illustrated in 'Sergio Larrain' edited by Agnes Sire, was a constant source of wonder. (Luc Sante The New York Times Book Review 2013-12-08)

A book full of beautiful, often bravely experimental street images, it should go some way towards elevating the reclusive photographer into the canon of 20th-century greats. (Sean O'Hagan The Guardian 2013-12-07)

Having been a self-proclaimed Sergio Larrain junkie for long while, I heard about and waited patiently for this book's release date. I wondered if there would be images that haven't been published before. I didn't realize that 1/2 the book would be of images new to me - and the best part is, much of it is even better than the work I had known. (Jeffrey Ladd photo-eye 2013-08-28)

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture; First Edition edition (September 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597112593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597112598
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece November 27, 2013
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Sergio Larrain is an unknown master. He withdrew from the world and moved to a small and remote village in northern Chile. This is the most complete and well edited book of his incredible work. Beautifully printed and bound. A must have for serious photo lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! January 4, 2014
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Innovative, modern, 60 years ago. As pro photographer I always need inspirations for my view, and this is the best choice for a serious street photographer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars not a bad picture in this book! October 7, 2013
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larrain is one Latin AMerica's great photographers. this book is a tribute to his visions.
dont miss this wonderful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great tribute March 21, 2014
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Great book for a great photographer. The book is tribute to a great Chilean photographer who had the sensitivity of the great European or American masters.
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