Photography: Historia, Memoria, y Silencios, By Lorena Guillén Vaschetti


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The Independent Culture

The Argentinian art photographer Lorena Guillén Vaschetti's first monograph is a simple but highly evocative and personal book, derived from a cache of family slides that she was able to rescue from oblivion.

"Everyone looked so different from how I remembered happy," she writes. "As if the past had not been as I imagined."

The pictures have a golden, hazy quality, and by digitally re-photographing the slides and bringing previously long-lost moments back into the present, she raises questions about memory, nostalgia, and in particular the role of photography in the construction of family histories and identities.

The image. above, shows her grandfather and his brother-in-law holidaying in Mar de Plata in the late Sixties.