“This is the last one left. And because of the restrictions on imports, we don’t know if we’re going to be able to replace it,” warns Fernando Mirabella in a small bathroom. House Basavilbaso. Specially prepared for the 18th edition of Paint BAphotothis corner is one of the must-sees of the fair that opened today to the public: there are the works of Henri Cartier BressonAugust Sander, Berenice Abbott, Lisette Model, Brassai. Even the complete MoMA photography collection, which goes from 1840 to 1920, in a book of almost 400 pages that is offered at this stand at La Paragrafica for less than 20,000 pesos. “A coffee costs 500”, adds Aquiles Ferrario’s nephew.
This family partnership, always present also with the best publishers in arteba, usually surprises “with books you don’t see anywhere else”. As a reproduction of scrapbook original by Cartier-Bresson, “the most precious object” of the photographer, according to his second wife, Martine Franck, in the introduction.
“Since I can remember I always knew that he had this album stored in an old suitcase that he brought from his mother’s apartment; then she placed it semi-hidden on a shelf at home, away from prying eyes, ”says the photographer who died in 2012, who chaired the Cartier-Bresson Foundation and was a member of the magnum agency for more than three decades. To the legacy of this cooperative promoted by great photographers, which allowed document many of the most important events in the history of the 20th centuryother books offered at the stand are dedicated.
“You can browse through them,” advises Mirabella, in an invitation to a free virtual trip that will take us through several countries. It is impossible not to spend several minutes in the 448-page volume edited by the French group Flammarion, which includes great masters such as man ray –author of Ingres’ violin (1924), the Photography which this year reached the auction record of 12.4 million dollars-, Robert Doisneau, Martin Parr and August Sander. Or in the different formats adopted by three editions dedicated to the work of sophie street: one of them has metal borders, while another is made up of postcards. “She makes each book an experience,” adds the expert.
For this edition of the fair, he clarifies, prices were lowered. A stand was also included with books by Argentine photographers such as Sara Facio -the honored artist-, Annemarie Heinrich, Boleslaw Senderowicz, Marcos Zimmermann, and Santiago Porter.. Also Iaros, the book edited by Vasari and presented today before an auditorium full of John Joseph Sebreli Y Facundo de Zuviria. moderated by Marcelo GioffreThey reconstructed the history of Iaroslav Kozakthe Ukrainian photographer who recorded Buenos Aires in the 1960s and 1970s, and disappeared decades ago after being admitted to an insane asylum.
“It was a mystery even for the people who saw it every day,” recalled Sebreli, who knew him and wrote one of the texts included in the book, along with those of De Zuviría and María Gainza. “I didn’t count anything,” added the sociologist. And in recent years he was delusional, he was always crazy and quite anti-feminist ”.
Another extraordinary story that has just been compiled in a photobook –available at the stand of the Venezuelan gallery Carmen Araujo- is that of Eduardo and Miguel, two fifty-year-old twins who have never been separated since birth. “They live and work together, without other relatives or close friends,” says the presentation of the project of Ignacio Colowinner of the first edition of the Star Photobook Dummy Award.
The tour of the fair in search of books should be completed with stops at Zone Vwhere you can find several edited by Diego Ortiz Mugica and Pablo Miñarro, and the foundation art x art, which dedicates several of its collections to photography research. He also to photobooks like those of Claudio Larrea (Republic of Waires2022), and Edward Longoni (Sleep it2021).
Paint BAphotountil Sunday at Casa Basavilbaso (Basavilbaso 1233, Retiro), from Friday to Sunday. General Admission: $2,000; 2 x 1 with Club LA NACION. Guided tours by artists: Saturday and Sunday at 4 pm, by Esteban Pastorino and Pablo Ziccarello.