Discover some of the touching pictures that have been taken over the years by the finest photographers from Santiago, Chile. The dark reality of the military dictatorship has been captured and exhibited to give others a better understanding of the harsh years undergone by the country.
María Gracia Subercaseaux
Subercaseaux’s photography ranges from travel, where there is an abundance of colour from Africa to Asia, to capturing moments on her doorstep in South America. She also takes nude portraits in bare black and white, showing a simple yet effective contrast.
Paz Errázuriz Körner
Körner is a teacher and photographer who studied at the Cambridge Institute of Education. Well known for her black and white photography, she focuses on social themes, depicting and emphasizing the cruder and more decadent aspects of Chilean society. She’s received a number of awards, including the Ansel Adams Award (1995), the Artistic Career of the Circle of Art Critics of Chile (2005), and the Altazor Prize (2005).
Born in Santiago, Munita is a freelance documentary photographer who is interested in social and environmental issues. He has travelled to Syria, Cuba, and Afghanistan, producing stark, emotional, and extremely pressing photography.
González has a wild imagination and she displays this in her photography. She draws inspiration from popular Chilean and Latin American culture, so her work is easily recognisable, but it has hidden depths in the form of complex political and social messages that are ironically overshadowed by childlike and mythological characters.
Born in Santiago, Poirot graduated from the School of Theatre at the University of Chile before continuing his studies in France. Upon his return he joined the Chilean arts world as a professional photographer. In 1973, he had to emigrate because of the political unrest in his home country, and he returned to France. He has won many awards, including the Ansel Adams Prize and the Nikon International Contest twice, as well as showing a number of important exhibitions.
A man of many talents, Jaar has worked in art, architecture, and filmmaking, although he is best known as an installation artist. Jaar infuses his photography with insights into socio-political issues and war; The Rwanda Project digs into the Rwandan genocide over a period of six years. His work has been shown in the Biennales in Venice, São Paulo, Istanbul, and many other international locations.
Pérez is another photographer known for his work during the military dictatorship, during which it couldn’t be published because of censorship by the regime. His photos represent the struggle that Chileans faced during this era. He has exhibited them in 1973–1990 La Dictadura de Pinochet. He also produced the works Chile Pasaporte, Matriz 20/2010, and El Amor Ante el Olvido.
Since 1985, Lopéz’s photography has been exhibited in Chile and internationally, in the USA, Australia, and Europe. He has sat as president of both the AFI (Association of Independent Photographers) and the Chilean Photography Society, as well as being the director of the Contraluz Galeria and editing for Fotografia magazine.