Category: argentina

11
Sep
2016

digital photography, 2002-2016

España, Spain, Medinaceli, 2002

… I probably don’t treat my cameras as well as I should… but they are always at hand to document where work or vacation takes me. By coincidence, I realized that I’d taken a photo today everyday since 2002. How is that possible? The fact that we can look back & see where we were at different points in our life is amazing. Probably something we’d never be able to do if cameras were still analog only. Whether I was traveling with friends, working, packing up after my mom passed away or investigating material for a new guide, these pics bring back lots of memories.

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05
Oct
2015

buenos aires: architecture guide

In 2013, the following article appeared as a two-page spread in the Autumn/Winter edition of “Time Out: Buenos Aires”. When the editor first contacted me, the only thing running through my mind was “1400 words?!” :-) Somehow I managed to fit history, architectural styles, recommendations & current events in that limited space. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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22
Dec
2014
23
Jun
2014

housing for the masses: master list

Housing for the Masses, Buenos Aires, housing projects

I can’t lie… I’m proud of this series of posts written in 2007 & 2008. While only the years from 1910 to 1950 are covered, researching & photographing housing projects in Buenos Aires became a passion. La Teja compiled more information in 2010, & I’m thrilled that they included projects up to the present. But I’m content with being first and making this info available in English ;-)

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21
Apr
2014

argentina: british pathé

British Pathé logo

Perhaps because it’s Easter Weekend & everyone is otherwise occupied, but few people in my social network seem to have noticed that British Pathé uploaded 85,000 (!) clips of newsreel footage to YouTube. I honestly couldn’t believe it.

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24
Nov
2013

argentine literature: una excursión a los indios ranqueles

Lucio V. Mansilla, Río IV

Coronel Lucio V. Mansilla requested a very particular assignment: to be sent as a diplomat on behalf of the national government into Indian territory in order to defend a previously-signed peace treaty…

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25
Jul
2013

found: argentina travel posters

Argentina, travel poster, Aerolíneas Argentinas, routes

As a tour guide, I’m often interested in how destinations market themselves. How do cities or nations identify themselves to potential visitors? The golden age of travel may be long gone, but its memory persists in the guise of travel posters. Interestingly, Argentina portrayed itself as a nature destination & stressed the gaucho & beef… nothing about tango (at least in the posters I found) & only one hyping Buenos Aires. How times have changed.

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25
Apr
2013

housing for the masses: barrio 17 de octubre, 1950

Buenos Aires, Barrio 17 de Octubre, 1950, Villa Pueyrredón

Like several other Perón era housing projects, a name change occurred after military leaders ousted the President. 17 October 1945 marked the birth of Perón’s political presence when workers marched on Plaza de Mayo, demanded he be released from jail & requested his nomination as President. Later consecrated as the Día de la Lealtad & made a national holiday, such a polemic moment in history could not survive the anti-Perón years which followed the coup.

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28
Mar
2013

buenos aires: monumento a colón

Buenos Aires, Plaza Colón, Monumento a Cristóbal Colón

No denying it: I have a certain fondness for this piece of sculpture. Columbus was the subject of some of my first digital photos in 2002, he often wowed tourists when I began guiding locally ten years ago, & Plaza Colón was one of the few places my mom wanted to see during her first & only visit overseas (that’s a tiny her below!).

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05
Sep
2012

argentina: córdoba, civil architecture

Argentina, Córdoba, city view

Perhaps to prove I saw more than religious architecture in Córdoba, there are even more photos in this post. The newest architecture is pretty exciting—with a few notable exceptions—and the best from the past are a number of surviving Neocolonial buildings (pretty much the same period as Art Deco)…

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