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The master who captured the silence

Humberto Rivas was an Argentine photographer who after his exile to Spain in 1976 became a world reference in his field.

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Humberto Rivas

Humberto Rivas (Buenos Aires, 1937 — Barcelona, 2009) was an Argentine photographer who revolutionized the genre of portrait in Latin America. Enrolled in currents that consider photography as art, a cinematographic treatment of light allowed him to reach the emotional depths of either a person or a landscape industrial downed.

Son of working parents, Humberto learns the arts by correspondence, starting a promising career in painting, which he definitively abandons at the end of the sixties when photography occupies his days at the head of the area at the Di Tella Institute. Contact with Anatole Saderman tilts the balance towards creative photography, far from documentalism, as recorded in the famous series of portraits dedicated to the painter ROBERTO AIZENBERG and started in
1967.

After the closure of Di Tella due to military censorship, and his work in both the Municipal Center of Arts and advertising and cinema, Rivas makes an initial journey through the Argentine North, which settles definitely a lens that dialogues with mystery and memory. His
arrival in Barcelona in 1976 radically transforms the Spanish panorama of photography, being the master of several generations of peninsular photographers. His works on the characters of the Catalan movement or the Spanish Civil War, combined with a particular use of color since the eighties, make him a world reference with several distinctions, including the National Photography of Spain and the Konex Award of Argentina.

Says Humberto Rivas

“ When I explain to the students how to make a portrait, I tell them that between the portrayed and the Photographer there is a war. And that war, for the photo to be good, has to be won by the photographer and not the one portrayed, because it is clear that the portrayed assumes a role, a pose
of how he would like to appear. Somehow, he presents himself, gets funny, smiles... but that has nothing to do with his inner personality, which is what we look for when we make a portrait”, full interview at https://www.humbertorivas.com/entre.php

They say about Humberto Rivas

“ In Humberto Rivas's Photographic work everything is portrait: people, animals, walls, old commercial premises, dark corners, withered flowers and fragments of nature... every reason on which he gazed with the determination to photograph it was subjected to spiritual, formal and material that characterized the way of constructing his elaborate and moving images” in Lauría, A. Humberto Rivas. Photographic anthology 1967-2007. CCrecoleta catalogue. Buenos Aires. 2014

Publication Date: 14/07/2020

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