A 43-year-old photo-reportage gives us the opportunity to go back in time and witness a historic moment that still questions us.
Reporters of the former Gamma photo agency, at the time one of the most renown in the world, were not looking for photographic excellence, they were not aiming for a beautiful portrait, nor to capture the wonderful landscapes of Chile. They were seeking to portray with urgency, sometimes at the risk of their own lives, the reality that we were living in Chile in September 1973.
Reproduction of 50 black and white and color slides of the military coup taken by reporters of the Gamma press agency on September 11, 1973.
Of how a second becomes an eternity
In a second
no time to focus,
no second chance for the photo
or for the human being portrayed,
In a second, before the soldier realized that he was being portrayed,
In a second, before the tears rolled down the face and evaporated
In a second the photo-reporter saw, felt and squeezed the shutter so that second could return to life, at least for a second, in you.
The time for you to close your eyes and imagine that it is you who are living that second.
A face out of focus. Windfall? Mistake?