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Brigitte Grignet April 28, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Chile.
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Isla Meulin, Chiloé 2007

Brigitte Grignet (b. 1968, Belgium) moved to New York in 1996, where she turned to photography in 1998 and studied at the International Center of Photography. Her pictures have been published in Newsweek, Double Take, Visionaire,  Libération, Le Nouvel Observateur, Days Japan and other publications. She received the Marty Forscher Grant for Emerging Photographer in 2001, and the Circuit Vlaanderen from the Charleroi Museum of Photography (Belgium) in 2003. She was an artist-in-residence in Niort and Marseille (France). Her images have been exhibited in Europe, USA, the Middle East and Japan and are included in the collections of the Kyosato Museum of Photography and The Museum of Photography in Charleroi.  She currently teaches at ICP and is a visiting artist at Parsons School of Design (New York). Her work is distributed by L’Agence Vu (Paris).

About the Photograph:

“This beautiful day is still very vivid in my memory.  We left the house in early morning to walk to the other side of the island of Meulin,and visit Aunt Carmen, who lives there alone with her dogs. It was hot and sunny, after days of continuous rain, as often happens in Chiloé, even in the middle of the summer. When the light was low and beautiful we brought the radio and danced in the fields. Carmen was crying from happiness and Ercilla was falling asleep from too much Chicha. Candelaria was happy to spend the summer with her mother, who was working on a different island. Women often have to leave their children with the grandparents when they find a job outside. It felt it was one of those rare moments when we don’t wish for anything else but are just there in the present.”

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Peter van Agtmael July 30, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Chile.
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Valparaiso, Chile 2007

Peter van Agtmael (B. 1981, USA) has been covering the American wars and their consequences since the beginning of 2006.  He was the winner in 2007 of a World Press award for his work on night raids in Iraq, and was selected for the 2008 World Press Joop Swart Masterclass.  Van Agtmael’s work on the wars won the Critical Mass book award.  He helped organize the Battlespace project, a multi-platform retrospective of largely unseen images from dozens of photographers covering Iraq and Afghanistan. Peter is a recently nominated member of Magnum Photos.

About the Phoitograph:

“This picture is part of a small series of photos that has some significance to me.  It was taken in Valparaiso, Chile at the end of 2007.  I was on a small trip around South America with my girlfriend at the time.  I had lived in Valparaiso in 2002 as an exchange student, which turned out to be a very important experience.  It was the first time that I really dedicated myself to picture taking, and at the end the experience I knew definitively that I wanted to be a photographer.   This was my first time back, and while my girlfriend worked I would go on long walks around the city to take pictures and think about all that had happened in the five years that had passed. At the time I took this picture, I had spent much of the previous two years photographing war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and their consequences at home.  It had been a really intense period, and I wasn’t taking many pictures for pure pleasure.  My few weeks in South America really gave me a shot in the arm, and although many of the pictures were failures, it felt like a small evolution in my way of seeing.”