CARLOS SAAVEDRA

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Carlos Saavedra, or Carli, as his friends call him, recalls that during his childhood in Cartagena he always felt a profound attraction towards his grandfather’s antique Polaroid. Every time someone took his picture he longed to be the one behind the lens.

“Dad, I want to be a photographer,” he told his father one day, whose only response was leaving the room. “Fifteen minutes later he came back full of excitement, with photography books and magazines to show me,” Carlos says.

Now twenty-four, he is a professional photographer whose main interest is in portraits. “People have so many stories to tell,” he says, “and I want to be able to draw something more out of a face.”

His first big project, The Daughters of Huitaca, took him on a road trip through all of Colombia taking pictures of women, from nine-year-old girls to women of ninety. He travelled with a medium format camera and a huge white tent, in order to create a box of light that illuminated his photographs from every angle. The results of this work, a series of black and white portraits that measure 110 by 110 centimeters, are deeply moving. Because of the large format the women are elevated to goddesses or mythic figures, but at the same time feel more real than ever. Each line, each wrinkle, each shadow leaves an impression on the viewer, and every detail tells the story of a Colombian woman. We don’t know these women, but through the lens of Carlos Saavedra, we connect with them as human beings, as mothers and children.

Carlos has worked with various Colombian magazines, and his photographs achieved the editor’s selection in 2012’s National Geographic contest and have been exhibited at the Getty Images gallery in London. In December 2011 he was selected by the Inter-American Development Bank to exhibit The Daughters of Huitaca in Washington, and the series will be shown in Bogotá in February of 2012. But the most important exhibit has already passed. Carlos returned to each one of the communities that he visited during his trip to show the photographs, and at the end gifted them to their protagonists. That way he created a true exchange, a relationship. “Some of the women were quite taken aback,” he says, “not everyone is accustomed to seeing themselves reflected so profoundly.”

 

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  • BOGOTA THEATER FESTIVAL EXHIBIT
  • ITINERANTE LA SALLE COLLEGE
  • DIRTY HARRY/FOTOMODA LOV
  • LA SALLE COLLEGE THESIS PRESENTATIONS
  • GETTY IMAGES GALLERY (IAN PARRY SCHOLARSHIP)
  • CINAMETEQUE DISTRICT JORGE ELIECER GAITAN THEATER
  • INTERAMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
  • COLOMBIAN EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON DC
  • HISTORICAL MUSEUM OF CARTAGENA-PALACE OF THE INQUISITION
  • EN MEDIO DE GALLERY
  • MADREDEUS GALLERY

BOGOTA COLOMBIA

BOGOTA COLOMBIA

BOGOTA COLOMBIA

BOGOTA COLOMBIA

LONDON-ENGLAND

BOGOTA COLOMBIA

WASHINGTON DC USA

WASHINGTON DC USA

CARTAGENA COLOMBIA

BUCARAMANGA COLOMBIA

BOGOTA COLOMBIA

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