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Textura Dos: Buenos Aires Street Art Hardcover – October 26, 2010
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About the Author
British-born, Buenos Aires-based Matt Fox-Tucker is a freelance journalist. He worked for the BBC for more than five years as a radio broadcaster and producer, and has also published articles in British national newspapers, including the Daily Mail, The Sun, the Daily Mirror, and London Evening Standard. Matt developed a passion for photography after working on the picture desk of the Daily Mailnewspaper and remains a keen photographer. He currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Brazilian-born, Buenos Aires-based Guilherme Zauith is a freelance writer and photographer.
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Photos are unique and covers a good spread of styles and locations. I'd imagine this book would be of interest to a trained eye or not. Or even, like us, you're just keen to go to Argentina.
There are some truly fascinating pieces photogaphed. A lot of love and care has gone into this work evident in the way it is written, style of photos, and most pleasingly the stunning lay out. Feels great in your hands.
Can happily recommend this book to everyone and proud to have it in the growing art stable of our home collection.
Max Fox-Tucker and Guilherme Zauith are both journalists and photographers who live in Buenos Aires while they freelance around the globe. Fortunate for us they decided to share their mutual fascination and love of the graffiti in their home city and set about to explore, photograph, and document the variations in the street art in the city's 48 barrios. What resulted is this compilation of keenly reproduced atmospheres using graffiti as the background for their obvious infatuation with the city. Some of the art is sensuously graphic, some is tongue in cheek humorous and some is in your face political. There is a universality to graffiti and no on really knows its country of origin - unless that 'country' can be defined as the platform of the minds of artists who feel the need to express themselves in public spaces to make statements or to just shout 'I am here!'.
The variations among the different barrios are striking and accompanied by some insightful observations with the written word as each new area is photographed. The authors very often include people (rather the porteños) in their photographs, perhaps for contrast to the flat wall spaces or perhaps to give a clear idea of the huge size some of this art occupies. In the last section of the book are photographs that up close shots of the surfaces of the building where the art is created, closeups of graffiti as few other have considered capturing. It all works very well. This is a fine book on a popular if controversial art form that has been around since Ancient Roman times at least. Grady Harp, May 11
If you are a Street Art enthusiast you'd love this book as it details the vast output, by street artists from all over the world on the walls of this cosmopolitan metropolis. The authors wisely divided the offerings in chapters that are dedicated to each of the city's neighborhoods. The feel of the art presented in the photographs is more European than American and that's probably due to the city's rich history with other European cities where Street Art thrives.