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Alejandro Kirchuk October 26, 2012

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From his series on Alzheimer’s disease, “Never Let You Go” Buenos Aires, Argentina 2009

Alejandro Kirchuk (b.1987, Argentina) graduated from the Asociación de Reporteros Gráficos de la República Argentina (ARGRA) in Buenos Aires. His work has also been recognized by POYi, Ian Parry Scholarship, Magnum Expression Award, Terry O’Neill Award, PhotoEspaña, Save the Children and the Lumix Foto Festival. Alejandro’s photographs have been published in: The New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine and The Guardian Weekend Magazine. He is a fellow at the National Endowment for Arts in Argentina, working on a long-term project about football as a social phenomenon in Argentina. In 2012 he won the First Prize at the World Press Photo contest in the Daily Life Stories category for his project about Alzheimer’s disease.

About the Photograph:

“This photograph was one of the first pictures I made from this project. When I started to photograph my grandparents, it had been three years since she had been diagnosed. Even though my grandmother was already affected by Alzheimer’s disease, she could move and walk, mainly with the help of my grandfather, who in that moment started to feel the consequences of taking care of his wife by himself. This is the only picture from my project ‘Never Let You Go‘ in which my grandmother is moving, as well as it’s the only one in which they are having direct physical contact. Alzheimer’s disease is a very complex illness. It doesn’t only affect the patient; the most affected is the caretaker, not only physically, but also emotionally— slowly losing the person with who you shared all your life. They were married for more than sixty years. She passed away in July 2011. As it can feel from the picture, my grandfather was always very proud of taking care of his wife, but he was also exhausted.”

Myriam Meloni October 5, 2012

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Laura and Belén on the day of their Quinceañera celebration. Buenos Aires, 2011.

Myriam Meloni (b. 1980, Italy) received her Law degree from the University of Bologna, specializing in criminology and penal execution at  the University of Barcelona. After moving to Argentina in 2009, she specializes in photojournalism and documentary photography in the Association with Graphic Reporters of Argentina (ARGRA).  In 2010 Myriam received an award for best portfolio at the forth Biennial of Photography Documentary Tucumán and was selected for the review of Transatlantic Portfolios section of Photoespaña in Managua. In 2011 she was a candidate for the Joop Swart Masterclass with World Press Photo. Her work Fragile is part of the author’s Book Fair presented at the Biennial of photography in Lima. She is currently based in Buenos Aires.

About the Photograph:

“One year ago I met Jhonni, driver and proprietor of an electric blue limousine in Buenos Aires. This 40-year-old Colombian, previously a tennis coach and gym owner, left it all behind when offered the chance to buy a 1972 Ford Fairlane. With its eight seats, four doors and cream leather interior, Jhonni has added a table, a hefty sound system and a horn that simulates the sound of a mewling cat. For the last ten years Jhonni has offered his services for birthday parties, bachelorette parties, wedding celebrations or simply city tours.”

“I started taking pictures of people who rented the limo, attracted by the desire to explore a limited space in which many diverse things can happen. More than superstars, the people I shared the limo with were everyday types: romantic boyfriends and middle class office workers pretending to be rock stars for a night. In this photograph the twins Laura and Belén are being driven to their Quinceañera party—a celebration of being fifteen years old. Its origin is from the Aztec and Mayan civilizations, and represents for the woman, the transition from adolescence to adulthood.”

Alberto Giuliani October 24, 2008

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Alberto Giuliani (b. 1975, Italy) has a passion for storytelling. He has documented tragic events of our times: from the diaspora of the Tibetan people to the Afghan war, from the economical crisis in Argentina to the forced sterilization in Peru. In 2003 with the musician C. Picco, he staged a theatrical performance about Islam, called “On the way to Samarkand”. In 2003 he also realized the “P0 Photo” photographs for Pirelli, exhibited at the Palazzo della Permanente in Milan. In September 2004 he published his book titled Next to Nothing. Giuliani’s works have won several awards from Canon and Agfa. In 2005 he participated in the Masterclass of World Press Photo. He is represented by Grazia Neri.

About the Photograph:

“The two ladies chatting in this popular Milonga in the center of Buenos Aires, gives me the idea of the most ordinary, common, soft life of Buenos Aires. My point of view, behind them makes me feeling well and put me in the same condition of them. I’m whispering something to myself. I have been working in Argentina for many years. My mom was born there and she moved to Italy when she was 3 years old, with an uncle, living there parents and relatives. This is part of one of those sad family histories belonging to World War 2 time. I grew up listening about Argentina and when I went there for my first time (my mom never wanted to go back) in 1995 I discovered a beautiful country, a warm family, good friends, funny people and a big love.” (more…)

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