They say a picture is worth a thousand words. You may have last read that sentence in your pompous cousin’s Instagram caption, but that doesn’t make it any less true. In fact, scores of incredible photojournalists devote their lives to a field premised on that very notion. What can be expressed in a photo that can’t be said with words?
Starting this Thursday, July 11th, you’ll have the opportunity find out the answer for yourself – free of charge. In its 30th edition, the annual exhibition of Argentine photojournalism will open in Buenos Aires, courtesy of the Association of Photojournalists of Argentina (Asociación de Reporteros Gráficos de la República Argentina, or ARGRA). The exhibit will be inaugurated in the Barrio Norte museum Casa Nacional del Bicentenario, at 6 PM, and will remain open to the public for just one month, through August 10th.
The mission of the annual exhibit is to craft a visual narrative that captures the essence of the previous year in Argentina. Photographs range in subject matter, including but not limited to politics, sports, art, current events, and nature, both here and around the world. More than 150 photos are featured, selected among 3,200 submissions by photojournalists around the country.
As most of you know, 2018 was an intense year for Argentina. From the currency crisis to the record-breaking loan from the IMF to the G20 Summit and the Youth Olympics to the World Cup and the historic abortion debate in Congress, there were very few dull moments.
The exhibit presents a unique opportunity to view photojournalism collectively, and thus to appreciate it as an independent art form, worthy of its own attention and admiration. According to the exhibit’s curator, sociologist María Lía López, this year’s photos tend toward themes of tension and pain, more so than of fervor.
López said in an interview with Infobae she believes this trend perhaps reflects a collective memory of this year as one full of decline in the public sector and ordinary people’s living conditions, as well as outrage against institutional suffering. “The street is a primary theme this year. The street as territory of political fights, deconstruction of the collective, but also as the stage of daily drama,” she added.
The exhibit will be accompanied by four talks throughout July, given by professional photographers whose work is featured in the collection. Pepe Mateos will speak on July 13th at 4 PM, Soledad Quiroga on July 14th at 6 PM, Daniel Merle on July 20th at 4 PM, and finally, Natasha Pisarenko on July 21st at 6 PM.