Photo Essay

By Jacob Edelstein


35 degrees Celsius surrounded humidity you can chew, Argentina was really hot. Choripán, sausage that you better not call a greasy sausage for fear of offending the institution of Choripán, the food in Buenos Aires is world class. And so much color, I have never been to a city that is more colorful than the capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires. 
As I reach back into my visceral memory, I find that this trip to Argentina has stored the smells and sounds and culture of a country whose people define its existence. We met with leaders and philanthropists, teachers and filmmakers, students and people trying to answer the questions that have plagued Argentina’s struggle with corruption since the word go. What these individuals had to say was insightful but, as I walked through the city, nearly 30 blocks a day, I learned just as much from the walls. 
The street art culture is prevailing and vibrant in the capital. From massive full structure murals to spray painted phrases on the corner, the paint and the people use their infrastructure as canvases from which to speak. These works of skill and thought give all those who can see a window into a subculture, and a slice of the truth on the unabashed minds of a few Argentine people. Following are eleven of the most powerful examples of this consciousness I encountered. Street artists like NOS claiming their city with pictures, the political comic book character El Eternauta painted under a street sign, a plea to remember the victims of state terrorism Nunca Mas, and beautiful pictures whose real meaning we may not ever know. Buenos Aires is stunning its history lives on its walls. Please Enjoy.

La vida Argentina

by Norito Hagino

My photo essay is just a portion of the many photos that I took during my 19 days in Buenos Aires. When I first came into Buenos Aires, I couldn’t help but notice the tremendous difference between this city and other Latin American cities I’d been to. Before coming to Buenos Aires, I travelled in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. Each Latin American country has a different face, and even within the same country, you can see outstanding differences in terms of development, language, and culture. Buenos Aires was the most developed city I had ever seen in South America; with huge buildings, wide roads, and paved streets, I was able to see the difference in one glance. However, the buildings and streets were so big that I could not fit all of them in my frame. The buildings in the city were amazing and I could not get my eyes of them. To me, it felt more like I was in Italy or Spain rather than being in a Latin American country. Of course, it is right for me to feel that way because there is a huge Spanish and Italian influence in the urban development of Argentina. Although I had a blast taking architectural photos while walking around in the city, I must say that the highlight of my photo journey was my encounter with Tango. I had a chance to see two shows, one in the Caminito (La Boca) and a street show on Florida Street. Both of them were amazing. The dancers were beautiful, their dresses were vibrant, and the dance was elegant and powerful at the same time. Their feet movements were so fast that I could barely follow them with my lens, and most of them did turn out blurry. I had a great time in Buenos Aires capturing the unique and vibrant culture in my frame, and now I am even more motivated to continue my photographic endeavors alongside my studies. 

Caminito

Sunset in Buenos Aires

Tango show in Caminito 

Las madres de Plaza de Mayo

My name is Victoria

El Parque de la Memoria

A lock at the Recoleta Cemetery

Kids playing on a swing at El Jaguel de Maria
Tango show at Florida Street

Tango orchestra performance at the San Telmo Sunday fair