Alejandro Kirchuk October 26, 2012Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Argentina.
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.”