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Photographer from Buenos Aires

We present Horacio Cóppola, the visual chronicler of Buenos Aires of the 20th century.

Horacio Cóppola was an Argentinean photographer born in Buenos Aires on June 30, 1906. He learned photography thanks to the teachings of his older brother and began photographing in 1927, especially the city of Buenos Aires. In 1930 he traveled to Europe, studying photographic technique and film in Italy, France and Germany. He illustrated the first edition of the book Evaristo Carriego  by Jorge Luis Borges. He returned to Germany in 1932 and studied with Walter Peterhans at the Bauhaus in Berlin, where he met avant-garde photographer Grete Stern, who was his first wife. With the arrival of National Socialism, Grete moved to London and Coppola to Paris, where the director of Cahiers d'Art commissioned him the photography book L'Art de la Mesopotamie , based on Sumerian art deposited in the Louvre and British museums. He returned to Buenos Aires in 1936 with his wife and two children, Silvia and Andrés. They set up a photography studio when the Mayor Mariano de Vedia y Mitre commissioned him to register Buenos Aires photographically, originating the beautiful and unforgettable book “Buenos Aires 1936”, prologated by Architect Alberto Prebisch. A sample of intelligent day and night observation of the city obtained with a “Leica” machine, acquired in Germany in 1932. Those of us who have had the opportunity to admire this beautiful compendium of black and white photographs have been allowed to enjoy the deep observing and artistic capacity of Coppola in images of different neighborhoods. As a filmmaker he made a short film in 1936: “Thus was born the obelisk”, where he shows details of his construction. In 1983 he was awarded the “Grand Prix of the National Fund of the General Society of Architects”. At the age of 100, MALBA made an exhibition of his photos obtained in the 20s, 30s and 40s. In 2003 he was declared “Ilustrious Citizen of the City of Buenos Aires”. He died in Buenos Aires on June 18, 2012, at the age of 105. Horacio Cóppola was, during the 20th century, the visual chronicler of the city where he was born.
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