Sergio Larrain

Sergio Larrain is a photographer who I've only discovered relatively recently.

He was born in Chile in 1931 and came to Europe in the 1950s at which point he was spotted by Henri Cartier-Bresson who invited him to become a Magnum photographer. He was only really active professionally for about 10 years before giving it all up.

 © Sergio Larrain / Magnum Photos

© Sergio Larrain / Magnum Photos

It has been said about his work that there is a great poetry within, which I'd agree with. But there is also something very unique which I'm drawn to, even though I'm still not quite sure what it is.

 © Sergio Larrain / Magnum Photos

© Sergio Larrain / Magnum Photos

 

I find there is a sense of stillness in a lot of his work.

Whereas a lot of 'street' photography ( a term I always use loosely) tends to capture a faster, busier pace within an urban setting, Larrain's work seems to capture the calmer corners of life. It feels like he's actually stopped to take in his surroundings.

It's almost like watching a film in slow motion.

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 © Sergio Larrain / Magnum Photos

© Sergio Larrain / Magnum Photos