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They say Nemo propheta in patria - and perhaps that’s just the case with Sergio Larrain.

The first Chilean ever to enter Magnum, he was (most notably) a photographer who merged together instinct and the innate taste for composition of stunning street photos - both abstract and theatrical. He always enjoyed greater success abroad than in his home-country.

Cartier-Bresson fell in love with his photographs and brought him to Magnum in 1960. Similarly, also Cortazar and Bolaño fell for him - the latter imaginatively describing Larrain's gaze as an “arborescent mirror”.

Kept in the Parisian archives of Magnum, Larrain’s shots ideally return home with this massive itinerant retrospective - which opened at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago, and will head to Concepción and Punta Arenas next.

Sergio Larrain - Retrospectiva, from 28th March to 15th July 2014, at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile.

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