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Myriam Meloni October 5, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Argentina.

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.”