La Niebla by Mauricio Valenzuela | en
In this book, the author recovers his own unique interpretation of this historic period. To do so he abandons a more epic perspective in favour of a series of images that makes use of a climatic phenomenon, characteristic of the Chilean capital, as a metaphor for that time. The fog pervades all, shrouds all, and erases all.
The main character in this tale is the city of Santiago, the political centre of the country. The city appears to us in a blurry haze, while the people appear lost, downcast, and floating in the midst of the greyness that seeps everywhere, threatening their precarious existence. It is a viewpoint which also recalls our own heritage: the Prats Cinema, downtown streets, the urban landscape or the River Mapocho before flowing into nothingness, like a fatal premonition which hangs over its wandering inhabitants.
The series of monochrome images is preceded by an emphatic quote by the master photographer Sergio Larrain ("May all that is past be already forgotten") and is accompanied by a brilliant prologue from the Chilean writer Antonio de la Fuente. The book is nicely bound to give it the look and feel of an object of design, and both flaps of the book jacket can be opened to reveal two "photos without camera", a brilliant creation of the author himself to show through words that which cannot be photographed.
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