Famous Latin American Writers Immortalized in Photo Exhibit in Costa Rica


A report by Laura Lavarado for the Costa Rica Star.

Daniel Mordzinski was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1960, he is known as the “photographer of writers”, he has worked for almost forty years in a “human atlas” of the Ibero-American Literature; the work of this artist is being showcased in Costa Rica in the photo exhibit “Objetivo Mordzinski”.

The photos are on display at the Calderón Guardia Museum in San José,more than 200 photos of the most important names of Spanish–language literature.

“With my first photograph a story of love towards photography and literature was born, I don’t know if these portraits have more of photography or literature, but I’d say it has a lot of both and I like to believe that this love story was born as a way of narrating, telling, proposing, suggesting and invite to read too”, said Mordzinski in an interview with EFE.

Morzinski’s work aims to immortalize these authors beyond their literary work. The exhibit includes photos of Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan writer and poet; Ernesto Sabato, Argentinian writer and painter; Alvaro Mutis Colombian poet and novelist; among many others.

Argentinian writer, poet and essayist Jorge Luis Borges (Fictions, The Aleph, A Universal History of Infamy), was the first writer photographed by Mordzinski, others like Colombian Gabriel García Márquez (Love in the Time of Cholera, One Hundred Years of Solitude, among others) and Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa (The Time of the Hero, The Green House, Conversation in the Cathedral, to mention a few) are also part of this impressive collection.

“I feel particularly fond of this selection, I arrived to photography for my love of stories, I loved to hear stories as a boy, and when I do an exhibit I like suggesting one, I look for a narrative line that has something to do with the work itself but also with what the space suggests”, explained the artist.

The exhibit “Objetivo Mordzinski:a journey through Hispanic literature” will be open through September 15. During his stay in the country Mordzinski will be working with Costa Rican writers, but he didn’t give away more information.

Mordzinski’s work has been showcased in Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Argentina and El Salvador.



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