Chilean photographer Sergio Larrrain dies aged 81

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Ovalle, 8 February 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).

The magazine Connaissance des arts has announced the death of famous Chilean photographer Sergio Larrain in Ovalle, Chile.

Born in Santiago, Chile in 1931, Larrain initially studied music before discovering photography in 1949. He studied at Ann Arbor University in Michigan before creating photographs around Europe and the Middle East. He joined the Brazilian magazine O Cruzeiro in 1956 and became a member of the Magnum agency, a photography cooperative, in 1961.

In 1968, Larrain met Bolivian guru Oscar Ichazo who introduced him to Mysticism and Eastern philosophies, and he then retired in Ovalle, Chile, where he left photography to focus on meditation. Larrain dedicated the last years of his life to learning yoga, calligraphy and oil painting.

The photographer, as well as author, also published two famous books: El rectángulo en la mano and Valparaiso.

Considered as one of the greatest photographers in Chile, Larrain’s shots are presently preserved in the most prestigious museums in the world, such as MoMa who has supported him since 1956.

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